R | | Drama, Romance
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
Anthony Minghella snapped up the film rights before the novel was published with the intention of writing and directing the film himself. David Hare was very keen to adapt the novel but Minghella refused. Eight years later Minghella went to Hare and asked him to write the ... ...
You didn't wake me.
Michael Berg: You were sleeping.
Brigitte: You let me sleep because you can't bear to have breakfast with me.
In the street scene just before Michael and Hanna go on their bicycle trip (1958), a Volkswagen beetle drives by which has amber turn-signals in the taillights; these were not introduced until the 1962 model year.
There are no opening credits, other than the studio logo.
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£671,064 (UK) (4 January 2009)
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