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Posted: Tue Dec 30 2008

Ralph Fiennes is Michael Berg, the present-day narrator of this film and Bernard Schlink’s 1995 novel, a middle-aged German lawyer whom we first encounter making breakfast for a younger bedfellow but refusing to exchange intimacy for commitment. We reconvene in 1958 and 15-year-old Michael (David Kross), a clever child from an academic family, loses his virginity to taciturn Hanna (Kate Winslet), a mysterious, 36-year-old trolleybus worker whom he encounters in the street. He falls in love; she enjoys hearing him read from Tolstoy until she disappears one day without warning. Several years later, Michael, a law student, encounters Hanna in a new context – one that reveals devastating facts about his former lover. A new, unusual relationship emerges, at a distance, and one that stretches over many years. To reveal more would damage the debate at the film’s heart: an argument that pitches feelings against facts and, necessarily, asks more questions than it answers.

David Hare’s unshowy, thoughtful screenplay, Stephen Daldry’s unfussy direction and Roger Deakins and Chris Menges’s impressive cinematography are faithful to the detail and tenor of Schlink’s novel, which is a complex beast in simple clothing. ‘The Reader’ has been called a Holocaust film but that’s not entirely accurate. It would be better tagged a post-Holocaust work as it pitches itself between the known facts of that cataclysm and the unanswerable philosophical questions of its fallout relating to responsibility, law, justice and forgiveness; all the while considering education, and literacy, as crucial to those debates. Its dynamic is generational: Schlink and Berg are second-generation voices, embroiled in first-generation issues, addressing a third-generation audience. Its issues are infinite and moveable. It’s a bold and challenging work.
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Simon Cooper

I fine The Reader an almost-perfect film. From the first shot of a boiled egg, which somehow made visual the repression of Ralph Fiennes, we are grabbed and know we are watching something beautiful, precious, a work of art. The acting is impeccable, especially David Kross as the young boy experiencing his first love, a love which will shatter his life. Kate Winslett is utter believable, and the love/sex scenes done with great taste and never exploitative, a tricky skill indeed. This film should have got Best Film and Best Director Oscars instead of the ghastly "Slumdog". I think along with "The Hours" it shows Stephen Daldry to be a director of great subtlety and talent. I would see any film he made.

Simon Cooper

I fine The Reader an almost-perfect film. From the first shot of a boiled egg, which somehow made visual the repression of Ralph Fiennes, we are grabbed and know we are watching something beautiful, precious, a work of art. The acting is impeccable, especially David Kross as the young boy experiencing his first love, a love which will shatter his life. Kate Winslett is utter believable, and the love/sex scenes done with great taste and never exploitative, a tricky skill indeed. This film should have got Best Film and Best Director Oscars instead of the ghastly "Slumdog". I think along with "The Hours" it shows Stephen Daldry to be a director of great subtlety and talent. I would see any film he made.

Ric_Braz

Without doubt your last offering is the most pretencious, garbled drivel I have ever read. For someone who has so much to say, but actually says very little, you sure do not know where the shift key is. I preferred your first literary assassination where you said how much you disliked it, said you had not seen it and gave it 3 stars.

Ric_Braz

Without doubt your last offering is the most pretencious, garbled drivel I have ever read. For someone who has so much to say, but actually says very little, you sure do not know where the shift key is. I preferred your first literary assassination where you said how much you disliked it, said you had not seen it and gave it 3 stars.

BONNIE BAKER

The movie was ordinary...lacked punch...no excuse for Kate W with what she did..she deserved to be punished for her attitude as did the others. Her remore was ony that her teen lover did not rallly when he found her the way she would have liked. He did fine under the circumstances. His reaction was real and just.

usman khawaja

A GORGEOUS ILLITERATE CHEKOV FAN WITH A TONED BODY AND 3 JOBS ]---------------kate winslett seduces ,she cooks ,she cycles ,she bathes her teenage lover in a bathtub ,she sacrifices her job for him ,she becomes a martyr and then she learns to read after appreciating homer and chekov simultaneously as she is also recruited by socialist nationalists who fail to determine her educational qualifications into three jobs where she is obviously interviewed but selected so nobody at the trial for her war crimes at aushwitz mentions anything about her ouvrae while all other records were enough to be scrutinized in detail but her introspective curriculum vitae was of no consequence . a ludicrous fable with even ralph fiennes totally miscast where he has no semblance with his 15 year old self played by david kross -this has too many flaws in the script to even be commended as a fantasy adventure . the hilarity of how we contemplate illogical fiction and fake art is exaggerating in the search for an origonal script which is restricted to philandering morons like danny boyle and second rate plagiarised versions of bollywood . winslett plays a woman who indulges in sex tantrums and kama sutra in german glory with close introspective observations of her adolescent lover and his crown jewels , her choice of langerie is somewhat dubious as in the swimming sequence in the idyllic ravine ,but she has a rather kind nature as she takes a huge blame for a whole national crime to become a scapegoat and a martyr for the entire german nation who according to this fable built thousands of death camps and killed millions in a milieu where millions were aware of the crimes as well as the rest of the world too . but then were dachau or auschwitz ever bombed or even strafed by allies just so they could bring the wires down and help the inmates escape . although a church is bombed with 300 jewish women locked inside to burn alive while the six gaurds are wary to let them out as they might not be able to control the chaos . this rather paranoid ,pretentious and contemptuous view of humanity tries to make us feel guilty by implying we are all criminals as we observe the laws but not morality . unfortunately the transient milieu has no respect for any law either and morality was the first casualty when adam and eve decided to indulge themselves. there goes the debate about law and morality and justice which is rare and precious in all eras and milieus . the reader is not just illiterate it is also dyslexic like its admirers who could not decipher a working woman on a tram reading tickets cannot be illiterate . as for kate she deserves an oscar for all the aerobics she indulged in to tone up for the erotic german kama sutra with her youthful well endowed lover who cannot get over her because she was such a typical dysfunctional sadomasochistic character who slaps him for a birthday present . there are other hysterical idealistic youth too who suggest everyone who knew about death camps must be shot . it made me think about abu garib and gitmo bay and what that would imply in modern terms . also congratulations to lena olin for giving the most snobbish and exaggerated performance of a death camp victim who has survived aushwitz , she denies others absolution but to me it seemed she needed it herself with her atrocious arrogance and an attitude which redeems jade goody as a saint . finally the war crimes court needs to be rebuked for a mistrial as they did not look at the educational qualifications of a woman on trial who was bent on martyrdom to win a golden statuette . they fully aided her endeavours to perpetuate a so called moralist drama that ridicules not just holocaust but art in particular as propagandist trash . watch this if you like to see full frontal nudity and some well designed sex circus between an illiterate woman and her adolescent paramour and forget the rest

nic

Very interesting and thought provoking. I didn't understand each characters motivations all the time, but then I think that is part of the power of the film, that you can read into it what you will. Definetely worth seeing.

matt

to colin hall dexter: have you ever read the book. because you completely miss the message in your relentless search of imperfections. the book was written in english therefore the movie is as well. you probably were disappointed after they stopped showing the sex scenes and was pissed off after that

matt

to colin hall dexter: have you ever read the book. because you completely miss the message in your relentless search of imperfections. the book was written in english therefore the movie is as well. you probably were disappointed after they stopped showing the sex scenes and was pissed off after that

Tim

I thought it was a beautiful and moving film. No one moved a muscle when it ended, we all sat in the cinema shell shocked... most of us cried...

Tim

I thought it was a beautiful and moving film. No one moved a muscle when it ended, we all sat in the cinema shell shocked... most of us cried...

Kevin

Very touching film which is a fresh break from the holocaust genre straightjacket. Brings a new perspective and much more authentic look at what really motivated people. Very well acted

Kevin

Very touching film which is a fresh break from the holocaust genre straightjacket. Brings a new perspective and much more authentic look at what really motivated people. Very well acted

usman khawaja

i do not intend to even go near this mis conceived mis printed dyslexic reader two of my very intelligent friends and they are jewish went to see it and the wife had to shake her husband awake inthe end she gave it half a star i am generous as i have not seen it i wont give any or just 3 for charity

darryl

I can't help thinking this critic has forgotten that he is reviewing the film and not the theme. I think this is a flawed masterpiece, and moral ambiguity isn't one of those flaws- on the contrary, that ambiguity is an essential vehicle for examination of the human condition. My only problem: I didn't buy the young Micheal's sex appeal- it strained the credibility of the already over-emphasized sex scenes. Beyond that the casting was superb; and Winslet hasn't gotten any credit for taking on a politically risky role. Her performance surpasses her already Oscar-worthy one in Revolutionary Road. I found the pacing to be good, and all that time- shifting was well handled. For a 2 hour movie it was easy to sit through. But the moral beating this film has taken is completely unwarranted. I thought we had taken a historical step up beginning with "Hitler's Willing Executioners"; in recognizing the depth of complicity in the Holocaust. We've spent the last 50 years on individual guilt; we need to recognize that people of ALL stations and stripes were complicit- and that includes sympathetic characters. This film maker lets us discover that for ourselves. Why do we have to be bludgeoned into it? By the end of the film we all feel sorry for Hanna, but we also know she deserved her punishment. She was not a Nazi, was uneducated and simple, with no racial, political or ideological axe to grind- but she WAS guilty- period. If we don't recognize that nice, ordinary people can do horrific things, how can we keep them from happening again? That's the message I got from the film; but it seems like I'm the only one!

cathy

I could not agree with this review more. "The Reader" is idiotic from the very first scene. There are too many things in this story that make no sense to list here. But I will say that the supposed climax of the story - when Michael, as a law student, decides not tell anyone involved with the trial that Hanna is illiterate - is meaningless. Hanna herself would rather be sentenced to life in prison than admit she cannot read or write - which is stupid enough - but to make this into "the big moment" after she has participated in killing hundreds - even thousands - of Jews is laughable.

Beth

The Reader is an offensice joke of a film. Horrible and morally dubious. I completely agree with the Time Out review here. To touch on these subject matters and then skim over the surface of them is to do disservice to the important issues of German guilt and culpability. I thought Stephen Daldry was a better and far more intelligent film maker than that. And it's ridiculous that it's up for best picture at this year's Oscars.

Fatli

This is the best film I have watched so far this year. I was really touched by the powerful endless love from Michael Berg to Hanna; I have wept for quite a while during the movie. People always say, your first one is always your most unforgettable one; but the love from Berg is beyond unforgettable; of course it is unfair to other women came along later in his life and Hanna has a big impact on him. Anyway, you cannot explain love in logical terms, if you can, it is not true love, right? As usual, Ralph Fiennes is very good in playing this type of character. Kate Winslet performance is excellent. This movie is beautifully made in every aspects. Just wish I am as lucky as Hanna; to have a man loves me unconditionally and believes in me no matter what happens in life.

Fatli

This is the best film I have watched so far this year. I was really touched by the powerful endless love from Michael Berg to Hanna; I have wept for quite a while during the movie. People always say, your first one is always your most unforgettable one; but the love from Berg is beyond unforgettable; of course it is unfair to other women came along later in his life and Hanna has a big impact on him. Anyway, you cannot explain love in logical terms, if you can, it is not true love, right? As usual, Ralph Fiennes is very good in playing this type of character. Kate Winslet performance is excellent. This movie is beautifully made in every aspects. Just wish I am as lucky as Hanna; to have a man loves me unconditionally and believes in me no matter what happens in life.

ben

After seeing a movie like this, to then go read reviews which try only to pin it down as a story about this or a story about that, makes me a bit bored. This was a fantastic movie, not for any moral theme, but because it was a story. The best thing i've seen in a long time.

ben

After seeing a movie like this, to then go read reviews which try only to pin it down as a story about this or a story about that, makes me a bit bored. This was a fantastic movie, not for any moral theme, but because it was a story. The best thing i've seen in a long time.

Sallyt

I have great difficulty staying awake in the evenings and so was worried when my local cinema was not showing this film during the daytime when I prefer to go. However I didn't even yawn! I found the film engrossing and very well made. A real thought provoker. Winslets performance well deserving of any award which may come her way and young David Kross a star of the future. Not so keen on his transformation into Ralph Fiennes - too disimilar in looks to be credible. A good story, well told. I saw the film with my daughter and our homeward bound discussion of Hanna's situation varied in that she found Hanna guilty and responsible and I found her innocent and pathetic. See this film and make your own mind up.

Sallyt

I have great difficulty staying awake in the evenings and so was worried when my local cinema was not showing this film during the daytime when I prefer to go. However I didn't even yawn! I found the film engrossing and very well made. A real thought provoker. Winslets performance well deserving of any award which may come her way and young David Kross a star of the future. Not so keen on his transformation into Ralph Fiennes - too disimilar in looks to be credible. A good story, well told. I saw the film with my daughter and our homeward bound discussion of Hanna's situation varied in that she found Hanna guilty and responsible and I found her innocent and pathetic. See this film and make your own mind up.

Russell

If you like the kind of film that raises questions that don't have easy answers this is probably the film for you, quite apart from which it's an incredibly brave performance from Winslet, that should see her pick up masses of awards, its the kind of performance that reminds you just how good an actress she is. .. and helps forgive some of the dross she has been in. The performance of Kross too is also seriously impressively although Fiennes does take some of the edge of the emotions with a performance of sustained somnambulistic tendency.

Russell

If you like the kind of film that raises questions that don't have easy answers this is probably the film for you, quite apart from which it's an incredibly brave performance from Winslet, that should see her pick up masses of awards, its the kind of performance that reminds you just how good an actress she is. .. and helps forgive some of the dross she has been in. The performance of Kross too is also seriously impressively although Fiennes does take some of the edge of the emotions with a performance of sustained somnambulistic tendency.

Fascinated

The remark which gave me the greatest insight into Schmit's typical character was what she said concerning the burning of prisoners in the church, almost with exasperated incomprehension that anyone could not understand it: 'We were the guards, what were we supposed to do, let them go?' A sort of robotic inflexibility, only able to envisage out line of behaviour.

Fascinated

The remark which gave me the greatest insight into Schmit's typical character was what she said concerning the burning of prisoners in the church, almost with exasperated incomprehension that anyone could not understand it: 'We were the guards, what were we supposed to do, let them go?' A sort of robotic inflexibility, only able to envisage out line of behaviour.

Frances

A waste of an evening and a waste of the medium of film - wooden, boring and pretentious.

Ric_Braz

KG great to see someone else who really enjoyed it. All I would say is that personally I feel it is Michael who is the main character and it is his feelings that shape the film and it is his life we follow more. Hanna Schmitz is purely the person who shapes these feelings inadvertantly.

Ric_Braz

KG great to see someone else who really enjoyed it. All I would say is that personally I feel it is Michael who is the main character and it is his feelings that shape the film and it is his life we follow more. Hanna Schmitz is purely the person who shapes these feelings inadvertantly.

KG

I saw this film last night. Entering i did not know what to expect. I was blown away, while feeling emotionally drained throughout and afterwards. This film built an extreme depth with both characters. i agree that this film does not make any bold moral message it is simple showing the deep affects upon their lives that simple relationships and personalities can have and lets you make your own decisions. Throughout the film I changed my mind of how I felt about Hanna Schmitt... i loved her, i despised her and i felt sorry for her. A great portayel of how immaturity and little life experiences can shape your future and how you think. Fantastic scene when Michael met her in prison attempting to see if she had grown and realised what her actions had resulted in, to his dissapointment she had not. Fantastic how she was able to keep the power throughout the film even in the end. Thought provoking.

KG

I saw this film last night. Entering i did not know what to expect. I was blown away, while feeling emotionally drained throughout and afterwards. This film built an extreme depth with both characters. i agree that this film does not make any bold moral message it is simple showing the deep affects upon their lives that simple relationships and personalities can have and lets you make your own decisions. Throughout the film I changed my mind of how I felt about Hanna Schmitt... i loved her, i despised her and i felt sorry for her. A great portayel of how immaturity and little life experiences can shape your future and how you think. Fantastic scene when Michael met her in prison attempting to see if she had grown and realised what her actions had resulted in, to his dissapointment she had not. Fantastic how she was able to keep the power throughout the film even in the end. Thought provoking.

Ric_Braz

Colin Hall Dexter, presumably three people, you do not have a clue do you? So apparently only films should be made in the language of the locality? The filming and direction are so brilliant that this is of no great concern. As for Kroll (it is Krosse) if you cared to show any accuracy at all. Many of teh actors show hints, and that is suffiecient, of a german accept or perhaps you would rather they had gone the whole hog and treated it like 'Allo 'Allo. Why does it matter that there are 6 words in German for the or is this just showing your immense knowledge. Why is the film inplausable? One of the beauties of the film. Why do we need some great moral message being flashed up on teh screen? You have been watching far too many Hollywood films that tell you what to think throughout. There is no clear message he and it is those that do not care to think for themselves that hate it. Just stick to Mamma Mia in future.

Ric_Braz

Colin Hall Dexter, presumably three people, you do not have a clue do you? So apparently only films should be made in the language of the locality? The filming and direction are so brilliant that this is of no great concern. As for Kroll (it is Krosse) if you cared to show any accuracy at all. Many of teh actors show hints, and that is suffiecient, of a german accept or perhaps you would rather they had gone the whole hog and treated it like 'Allo 'Allo. Why does it matter that there are 6 words in German for the or is this just showing your immense knowledge. Why is the film inplausable? One of the beauties of the film. Why do we need some great moral message being flashed up on teh screen? You have been watching far too many Hollywood films that tell you what to think throughout. There is no clear message he and it is those that do not care to think for themselves that hate it. Just stick to Mamma Mia in future.

Colin Hall Dexter

One of the most irritating and pretentious films I've ever seen. An English-speaking film about Germans has a huge problem from the start. Hannah is supposed to teach herself to read from the texts of books she has heard read to her. The word for "THE" is her starting point. But there are I think six different words for THE in the German language. The whole thing is preposterously implausible. Winslet adopts a curious silght German accent, but none of the other characters does. No-one could possibly accept that Kroll metamorphoses into Ralph Fiennes in 20 or so years as in the film. And what are we supposed to make of the "message" of this film? The use of Auschwitz scenes to convince the audience of the great seriousness and moral purpose of the film, I found disgusting and pretentious. Winslet gives a good performance, but this alone is not worth the price of the ticket. The thing finally peters out in the slowest most boring end to any film I can remember. DON'T BOTHER TO GO.

Claire Francis

This is not a 'nice' film. This is not a 'plot' based film, it's an ideas based film. It's a film which raises more questions than it answers and you'll find none of your spoon fed hollywood nonsense here, it is full of complex difficult to stomach realities. I won't spoil it for you by discussing particulars but this film left me aghast at it's portrayal of the way low-self esteem, pride, fear and feelings of stupidity can lead to the utter destruction of a person, no matter how beautiful they start, and induce the cruellest behaviour and irrevocable wrecking of lives and chances. I felt sorry for the main character (in my eyes Winslet) and what's more, I felt guilty about it. This is a challenging film and it has stayed with me for nearly a week after seeing it. Winslet has a shaky start but pulls it off magnificently thereafter, Fiennes however is wooden and unreadable. The young Michael Berg (David Cross) is one to watch. He plays his role to perfection, though his character is very awkward indeed. I gave this film a four because although it's thought provoking and well-played, it didn't blow my mind and in terms of personal preference, even though I will definitely be watching it again, I wouldn't rush to buy the dvd.

Technoguy

I had read the book years ago and couldn't get over a feeling of unsatisfactoriness then.It was a love(first)story yoked to the important subject of the post-war generation's reaction to the Holocaust. It read like a finely worked legal document(Shlink had worked as a judge).It showed a perpetrator (Hannah) who had been more implicated by her illiteracy than her evil.She was too ashamed to admit in court that she couldn't read or write.She similarly left 15 year old Michael because of this shame.There is also a 21 year age difference- illicit in our culture-maybe not so in Germany.These are people who are somehow able to connect love-making to reading.She wants to be read to from all the works of literature.I think it was mainly German literature with a smattering of Russian and Greek(certainly not DHL!). I must admit to liking Winslet's scrubbed performance and David Kross was excellent too.Ralph Fiennes was too wooden but serviceable.The cinematography was excellent(Deakins) and recreated the look and feel of post war Germany. I think the film would have been done better in a German-made film with English subtitles as at times a German actor and English actress seem wrong.It was chiefly about the second generations reaction to the actions of the previous generation and guilt by association:uncles,fathers,mothers, grandparents.Who are all these people that the next generation came from and could the younger generation have done things differently? We also need to remember Gunther Grass revealing late in his life he'd been a member of the SS youth.He had already reaped all the honours and only did it when it was safe to do so.Again the film is worthy and better than most others but there's a hollowness at it's heart that left me cold. Go and see Fateless and get at the real subject.

Valerie Livina

Yesterday, Jupiter moved from the sign of his detriment Capricorn into Aquarius. Jupiter’s transit in Capricorn took more than a year, and as I wrote earlier, I expected his influence on cinema to be rather disappointing: this was time to make money rather than create masterpieces. One can hardly recall a masterpiece among all those hancocks of 2008, and even Mamma Mia, with great ABBA songs and ugly voices of the actors, was an artificial production whose main aim was to earn (certainly very favourable for ABBA sales). All the major blockbusters came out to be too dark, secondary and unimpressive. In the BBC annual film review, I noticed phrase “failed to make much of impression�, which is quite indicative. I might have called a masterpiece the film released last week, “The Reader�, but even this one is an illustration of the Jupiter in Capricorn: Cardano says on this constellation in aphorism 2.45 of Lilly’s edition about “power under pretence of justice� with “unfortunate issue� – come and see the film to understand how true this is. Now, as Jupiter is in Aquarius (and weak, being peregrine yet), look at the oncoming movies to find which of them are weird enough to indicate the planetary change… http://vlivina.blogspot.com/2009/01/cinemundane-ii.html

Valerie Livina

Yesterday, Jupiter moved from the sign of his detriment Capricorn into Aquarius. Jupiter’s transit in Capricorn took more than a year, and as I wrote earlier, I expected his influence on cinema to be rather disappointing: this was time to make money rather than create masterpieces. One can hardly recall a masterpiece among all those hancocks of 2008, and even Mamma Mia, with great ABBA songs and ugly voices of the actors, was an artificial production whose main aim was to earn (certainly very favourable for ABBA sales). All the major blockbusters came out to be too dark, secondary and unimpressive. In the BBC annual film review, I noticed phrase “failed to make much of impression�, which is quite indicative. I might have called a masterpiece the film released last week, “The Reader�, but even this one is an illustration of the Jupiter in Capricorn: Cardano says on this constellation in aphorism 2.45 of Lilly’s edition about “power under pretence of justice� with “unfortunate issue� – come and see the film to understand how true this is. Now, as Jupiter is in Aquarius (and weak, being peregrine yet), look at the oncoming movies to find which of them are weird enough to indicate the planetary change… http://vlivina.blogspot.com/2009/01/cinemundane-ii.html

Trevor Gee

A very complex story brilliantly portrayed on screen, able to handle significant post war issues very well. The stony defiance of the defendants at the trial and the meeting afterwards between Michael Burg and the survivor were excellently acted. Hannah Schmidt played by Kate Winslett is clever and penetrating and her behaviour so unpredicatble, the viewer is held in constans limbo until the end. And yet the coda of the film is beautiful. Finally, my disgust at her war time behaviour fails to extinguish the desire for her to discover a harmony she is never able to exhibit

Trevor Gee

A very complex story brilliantly portrayed on screen, able to handle significant post war issues very well. The stony defiance of the defendants at the trial and the meeting afterwards between Michael Burg and the survivor were excellently acted. Hannah Schmidt played by Kate Winslett is clever and penetrating and her behaviour so unpredicatble, the viewer is held in constans limbo until the end. And yet the coda of the film is beautiful. Finally, my disgust at her war time behaviour fails to extinguish the desire for her to discover a harmony she is never able to exhibit

Ric_Braz

One of the best films I have ever seen, beautifully shot, acted and a fabulous storyline. To suggest Winslet & Kross did not ring true is just nonsense and the idea that it did not build up to anything I fear likewise. An incredibly thought provoking film that most professional critics have completely misread as some apology of guards in a concenntration camp and German guilt blah blah. It is clearly about a boy who as a man has never got over his first relationship and the fact that it finished abruptly only concentrates this. It is for this reason that he is unable to have long term relationships with other women throughout his life, no one can match his earlier feelings. These feelings become incredibly confused when the truth comes out. It was one paced but then that was one of the beauties of it and you made your own mind up without having teh normal Hollywood moral messages etc. that are so boring in many films today. I am normally over critical of films & plays but this was an absolute gem.

Ric_Braz

One of the best films I have ever seen, beautifully shot, acted and a fabulous storyline. To suggest Winslet & Kross did not ring true is just nonsense and the idea that it did not build up to anything I fear likewise. An incredibly thought provoking film that most professional critics have completely misread as some apology of guards in a concenntration camp and German guilt blah blah. It is clearly about a boy who as a man has never got over his first relationship and the fact that it finished abruptly only concentrates this. It is for this reason that he is unable to have long term relationships with other women throughout his life, no one can match his earlier feelings. These feelings become incredibly confused when the truth comes out. It was one paced but then that was one of the beauties of it and you made your own mind up without having teh normal Hollywood moral messages etc. that are so boring in many films today. I am normally over critical of films & plays but this was an absolute gem.

Ted

The film is so well acted that it slips in, almost as an afterthought, the classical Nazi excuse for having collaborated to the Holocaust: "we were obeying orders." So, to answer Alf, it is the film that is not honest -- a few minutes to talk about three hundred Jews willfully burned in a church (three hundred is a statistic, but there are three hundred individual tragedies) and almost two hours to create sympathy for a war criminal. Once the viewer understands the sleight of hand, he/she may wish to enjoy the fine acting if the viewer's conscience allows it.

Mike

Tim and Chris, lighten up - this was nothing short of a very good film. End of.

Mike

Tim and Chris, lighten up - this was nothing short of a very good film. End of.

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