Thursday, January 01, 2009
A teenage boy carries on an affair with an older woman, for a summer, in The Reader. Years later, he sees her on trial as a guard for the SS, who was responsible for the death of hundreds. When you realize that the woman is motivated by her shame of illiteracy, pride and the love of a good story, and the boy is motivated (and a bit damaged) by love, this becomes a very emotional tale. A love story with a poignant ending. Risque and deep, well done.