Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Reader - New Release, Ships in 24 Hours

From the Publisher
The READER opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg (David Kross) becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna (Kate Winslet), a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from “The Odyssey”, “Huck Finn”, and “The Lady with the Little Dog.” Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life – this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna’s past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.

THE READER is a haunting story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. The Reader stars Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The English Patient, Harry Potter series), up and coming actor David Kross and Acedemy Award nominee Kate Winslet (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children), and is directed by Stephen Daldry (the Academy Award nominated director of The Hours), from a script by David Hare, and based on the award winning novel by Bernhard Schlink.

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