The Reader is a Protected content romantic drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by David Hare, based on the Protected content novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet star along with the young actor David Kross. It was the last film for producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, both of whom died prior to its release. Production began in Germany in September Protected content , and the film opened in limited release on December 10, Protected content .
The film tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a mid-teenager in Protected content , has an affair with an older woman, Hanna Schmitz, who then disappears only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp. Michael realizes that Hanna is keeping a personal secret she believes is worse than her Nazi past – a secret which, if revealed, could help her at the trial.
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