The Reader details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Kate Winslet, Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Karoline Herfurth, Linda Bassett, Hannah Herzsprung, Susanne Lothar, David Kross, Volker Bruch, Matthias Habich|
|Genres:||Drama - Romantic, General, Romance - Comedy, General|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, Top Drama, Top Romance|
|Run time:||2 hours 2 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 May 2009|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
In postwar Germany, a young man's decades-long obsession with an older woman runs headlong into a war crimes trial, where he learns an awful truth.
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brilliantly acted, thought provokingBy Julia Davison from Westcliff, Essex , 09 Jan 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]An excellent film which is quintessentially a powerful love story set in post-war Germany between a woman and a young (very young!) man. Their affair ends abruptly but their lives join once more many years later under very different circumstances.
This film is very thought provoking and the viewpoint of the older vs younger generation on the atrocitites that happened during the war is very noticeable.
I really enjoyed this film and thought about it long after viewing. Well worth watching.
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I prefered the bookBy MsLilly (265 reviews) from London , 17 Feb 2010Saying that though it was an enjoyable film, brilliant performance by Kate Winslett and the feel and look was how I imagined it but like all films made from a book, it lost something along the way.......
thought provokingBy a customer from Glasgow , 17 Feb 2010such a good film and nothing that was expected.The parts played by the young boy and Kate Winslet wwere superb making the movie feel very real. After watching this i have continued to think about it and it has made me look at the atrocieties ot the Holocost in a different way. Superb film.
Persevere!By Rebecca31 (18 reviews) from Alton , 17 Feb 2010Very good film, once it got going. the first 20-30 mins, I wondered what sort of film I had actually rented but definately a good watch. Winslett very convincing.
maudlin rubbishBy conformist (24 reviews) from Ulverston , 15 Feb 2010Incredibly tedious and mawkishly sentimental, 'The reader' is one of the worst films I've seen for some time. Kate Winslet does her best with a character who is at least slightly more convincing than the male lead, who comes across as a fantastically sensitive idiot who even though he's supposed to be a successful lawyer, doesn't abide by elementary rules of fairness such as disclosing material which might assist a defendant. I don't know what the point is meant to be - certainly the problem for the Nazis and the many willing executioners who went along with them wasn't illiteracy. Some of the worst like Kaltenbrunner the lawyer and Speer the architect not to mention Mengele were highly educated. In fact I'd say that in order to imagine genocide as a possibility you have to have read a lot of books. Sad to see David Hare wrote the screenplay.
the readerBy popsea (3 reviews) from Clevedon , 15 Feb 2010I have this film at home at the moment........and I promise I WILL return it...when I've seen it again.
I dont often watch films more than once..but this is so very moving.I watched Steel Magnolias on TV a few days ago......If this is the sort of film you like........dont bother with 'The Reader'..
Personally....I dislike loud American films..
So for the more discerning film watchers..this is a MUST.!!