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Title Year Length (Minutes) MPAA Rating My Rating
The Reader 2008 124 R 3.5 out of 5 ducks
Pre-WWII Germany. Jumping between the present as Michael is newly divorced from his wife (a prosecuting attorney) and his teen years when he was stricken ill with scarlet fever, meets Hanna (twice his age); he recovers, and they end up having an affair, and he reads to her as a type of foreplay (she loves books, but prefers they're read to her); things end abruptly when she disappears. Eight years later, he's a law student watching the Nazi trails on TV, and he sees Hanna on trail. It seems she was a guard at Auschwitz, and amongst the charges are that Hanna was charged with the death of 300 prisoners, locked in a church that caught fire when bombed, but she didn't unlock the door. She offered if she did, as a guard, she'd ensure chaos; the other guards claimed Hanna was in charge and wrote the official report. The court asks Hanna for a writing sample to compare to the report, and Hanna simply confesses it was her doing; Michael sees this and realizes she's not guilt as she claims -- she just can't read or write. Hanna is sentenced to life in prison, the others get four years in prison. Adult Michael balks at visiting her in prison, but records himself reading books and mails the tapes to Hanna. She gets one of the books from the prison library, and listens to the tape as she follows the words, learning to read and write in prison. She writes to Michael but he never replies; she's due for release on good behavior, and the prison warden calls Michael, since he's the only contact she's had with the outside. He visits, telling her he's set things up for her outside, but he won't hold her hand. Dejected, she returns to her cell (now full of books) and hangs herself, stepping off the books to dangle. After a good night's sleep, he's looking forward to seeing her, but learns of her death. Hanna left her acquired money to the surviving prisoner's granddaughter, in her suicide note, and says hi to Michael. Michael takes it to the granddaughter, who didn't care at first, but the money jar reminded her of her own treasures jar the prison guards took away; she suggests Michael donate the money to a Jewish charity in Hanna's name. Years later, Michael's daughter is an adult, and as they visit the church he met Hanna and see her grave nearby, he tells his daughter about Hanna. Moving film reel
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