The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

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Watched The Reader. Directed by Stephen Daldry, and based on the book by Bernard Schlink, the film is set in a period starting in post war Germany, and moves to the mid-80's. Michael (played by David Kross as a young man, and Ralph Fiennes when older) a teenage schoolboy is helped by a thirtysomething tram conductor Hanna (Kate Winslet) when he vomits after getting off a tram, due to suffering from a fever. He returns to her flat when he has recovered from the illness, some months later, and before long they develop a rather odd relationship; that is founded on Michael reading books to her, followed by sex. And so the story unfolds. The Reader is hard to fault. There are incredible performances from all the main players in an emotive, complex and lengthy story that spans several decades. I won't go into much detail to avoid any spoilers, but it tells both an untraditional and realistic story of love. Inevitably for fans of darker but more realistic romantic drama. 5/5 (Excellent)

I'm also trying to watch S. Darko, but it's proving to be a tortuous task!
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