It is Germany in the late 1950’s, Hanna (played by Kate Winslet) is a tram conductor. She meets student Michael, (by David Kross, then later by Ralph Fiennes) and they have a passionate love affair. A feature of their regular liaisons is that Michael regularly reads aloud to Hanna, which is romantic and delightful – Hanna loves it. Their affair goes from strength to strength until suddenly Hanna disappears from Michael’s life leaving him heartbroken. A few years later, Michael is studying law. One day in court, he sees Hanna – because she is part of a group of women on trial for war crimes. The remainder of the movie is about the trial and we learn about Hanna’s involvement in the crime and the eventual outcome of the court case.
This is a dramatisation of the book “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink. The performances are excellent and I really enjoyed in the movie.