A Good Film
I read the book this movie is based on about 10 years ago, and as I
watched the movie, it came back to me. I am not a Nazi sympathizer -
very much NOT so - but at one point during the trials when Kate
Winslet's character (Hanna) asks the judge, "what would you have done"
kind of sums it up a lot. By reading the book beforehand, there is a
lot more insight that perhaps the movie doesn't clearly give. From the
beginning in the book it seems obvious that Hanna is illiterate and so
later she on more apparent that she could never have possibly written
the reports she was accused of.
Why she allowed it to happen that she got put in prison, one does not
really know. Was it to help with the guilt she felt for what she knew
she had done even if she did not write the reports?
Whether this story is really true or not, it's an interesting look on
the other side to the Holocaust. Hitler did not just enact a huge
amount of genocide, he also brainwashed even his own to a certain
*ideal* and it was an obey or be killed. Orwell's 1984 is a fantasized
yet so true of this way of thinking.
Please read the literature and books and everything you can find on the
Holocaust. The brilliant minds we lost during that time will never be
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Unsatisfying execution boosted by Winslet
The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes and set against the
backdrop of the Holocaust, is at times tiresome and plodding, offering
a unique plot (boy has affair with older woman, finding out later she
was a Nazi guard) and a strong performance by Winslet and very little
else. Its main problem seems to be that it simply doesn’t know what it
wants to tell the viewer, what lessons it wishes to impart. As a
result, its identity shatters into the proverbial million little
pieces, each less interesting than the last.
Michael Berg (David Kross) is 15 and on the verge of falling under two
spells: first, scarlet fever, from which he recovers in a few months,
and then Hanna (Winslet), the older woman who helps him when he becomes
ill. It is from this latter spell, though, that Michael never recovers;
he feels the impact of their short, summer affair until the end of the
movie (forty years later).
As romances go, it’s pretty sweet for the teen: he gets to sleep with a
sexy older woman who desires only one thing (other than his sinewy
body, of course): for him to read to her whatever trips his fancy. It’s
a symbiotic relationship; he’s happy to have found a kindred spirit and
ecstatic - pardon the term - to find an outlet for his hormones. She,
on the other hand, is happy for his company and to hear him recite
works of classic literature.
But as all affairs do, theirs ends abruptly, with nary an explanation,
and that’s the last young Michael sees of Hanna, until he’s in law
school years later, and as a field trip he’s in the very courtroom
where a group of female, ex-Nazi guards is being charged with war
crimes. Lo and behold, one of the guards is Hanna! The story is related
in flashback through the memories of the adult Michael, played by Ralph
Fiennes. Fiennes is a fine (ha) actor, of course, but it seems he’s
always stuck with these repressed, completely controlled roles.
Distant, Michael’s called in the movie, an emotional cipher. Michael
attempts, for decades, to come to grips with two dilemmas: why did
Hanna leave him, and is her alleged Nazi past true? For me, I didn’t
much care about his first dilemma; of course she left him, because
she’s like twice his age and he was the clingy, controlling type. I was
more concerned with the latter dilemma, because the trailer leads you
to believe there’s some dispute about that. But this isn’t a courtroom
drama. It’s more of a romance melodrama with serious undertones about
the choices we make and the responsibility we marshal. The suggestion
is made in the movie that the German people are looking for someone on
whom to pin the blame of the Holocaust, and who better than guards
following orders? Really, the film has just one thing going for it,
although it’s a doozy: Kate Winslet, who electrifies the screen even
when she’s not on it. Her vulnerable, conflicted Hanna is nurturing and
distant, just as Michael would turn out; we can only guess at her true
feelings, but Winslet is so talented that with a mere glance she can
turn our perceptions on edge. She is this film, inside and out, and the
fact that she also gets naked doesn’t hurt matters.
The Reader perhaps overreached its goals, whatever they may be. It
admirably tries to give us a main character who is not noble and good
of heart in all things, but it fails to give us a solid reason to care
about the proceedings other than as if we were being read a tale set in
a faraway land in a distant time..