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.
The Reader is the first English speaking role of German actor David Kross although he had previously played lead roles in German movies such as Knallhart and Krabat.
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.
When Michael reads Hannah the Odyssey, he reads from the Robert Fagles translation, not published until 1996.
There are no opening credits, other than the studio logo.
English, German, Greek, Latin
£671,064 (UK) (4 January 2009)
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