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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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I loved The Reader. I thought it was so well done.

Great film, but also something different.

The Reader is excellent :)

As an aside, were you saying something the other day about how you keep on catching the tail end of movies on Sky and then can't find them being repeated? I realised last night that if you press the red button whilst on the movie channels, you can browse listings for specific films for the next seven days. It'll list all times and channels they're on for the following week. I did it last night with Lions for Lambs and No Way Out :)

Yes, I think I Arsebook'd it. Thanks for the tip! Normally I fire up the laptop and head over to the web based Sky TV guide. I'm still stunned that with the amount they repeat, I always end up watching half a film that's not repeated (at least within the next 7 days). Could be karma ;-)

Seems you can also go here and type the movie name in to the "Find a Movie" textbox and it'll tell you when it's on next :)

Ta again, I'll try that :-)

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