Monday, January 19, 2009

The Reader

How far would you go to protect a secret?

The Reader explores this question and much more. It is one of the most beautiful, haunting and disturbing movies I've ever seen. The movie is deftly crafted and the understated, subtle performances by Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet are masterful.

Winslet's Hannah and Fiennes' Michael meet innocently enough, but things quickly change and they embark on an affair. The fact that Michael is 16 and Hannah is in her mid-thirties is disturbing, but I found myself connecting to Hannah anyway. Hannah's "big secret" becomes apparent to the audience, early on, but there is so much more to the story than Hannah's shame over her "horrible" secret.

Anything more and I'd ruin it. I was lucky enough to go in to the movie knowing absolutely nothing about it, which was the best way to go. So, don't read any spoilers, don't let anyone tell you anything about the plot, just trust me it's amazing, go see it.


Heather said...

Is this the Leonarda di Caprio film you were going to see?

Bee said...

Sounds interesting! It's out at movie theaters right now? I had never even heard of it.

Rhonda said...

She won a Golden Globe for this one, right?

KB said...

Yes, to both questions, the movie is out at the mainstream theaters, at least here in Houston.

And, yes, Kate Winslet won a golden globe, for this and one for Revolutionary Road..which is only playing at the River Oaks Theater right now.

Trix in the City said...

And no Heather... that wasn't the Leo movie we were going to see.