The story of a taboo love and sex scenes between a fifteen-year-old boy Michael Berg and a forty-year-old woman, Hanna Schmitz is not a matter of general social agreement and acquisition. In particular, considering the fact Hanna is a former female guard of the Nazi labor camp in Poland and she used to send young women to death to the Auschwitz. Bernhard Schlink does his best to involve his readers into a complete story of emotions, trust, and distrust, shame and guilt with additional interest to the historical background.
Kross had ample time to prepare, however. He spent three months working with a dialect coach improving his English and spent both his 17th and 18th birthdays on set. Not that Kross says he has any complaints about the portrayal of his onscreen affair with his Oscar-winning co-star.
Skip to Content. Get age-based picks. Extensive discussion of the Holocaust; extensive discussion of German complicity and guilt during the Holocaust, as well as the nation's attempts to come to terms with the Nazi era in the post-war years.
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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Already something of a teen idol in his homeland, with a handful of European film roles to his credit, Kross is making his English-language debut in The Readeralongside quite literally in one case no less than Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and legendary Swiss-German character actor Bruno Ganz. Playing the film's conflicted hero Michael, Kross was asked not only to convey the moral disarray and social anxiety felt by the first children of the Nazi generation, but also to act out such thorny puzzlements through a parade of bedroom scenes with Kate Winslet.
Jump to navigation. In The ReaderWinslet plays Hanna, a former guard at Auschwitz, who becomes romantically involved with a young man in post-War Germany. The subject matter of the film alone has touched off a fair bit of speculation - a romantic drama about a concentration camp guard?
His third movie, The Readerseems to stand a solid chance of continuing those trends. Their relationship dissipates, but years later, as a law student, Michael reencounters his former lover as a defendant in a war-crimes trial. Did that make shooting on location a more intense experience than usual? And I never had any question that I should film it in Germany.
Completely riveting, yet about as emotionally distant as the chilly former concentration camp guard portrayed in the film by Kate Winslet, director Stephen Daldry's Oscar-bait follow up to his award winner, The Hours, stays coolly detached despite featuring some pretty steamy sex scenes and dealing with a highly confrontational subject matter. Still, emotional impact is admittedly not the be-all and end-all of a great film, and those in search of an absorbing, intellectually stimulating study of German Holocaust guilt will certainly have something to talk about after the credits roll. Gently guided home by a compassionate older woman named Hanna WinsletMichael convalesces for a few months before returning to Hanna's apartment with a bouquet of flowers.