About the film
germany based on novel or book war crimes women's prison trial female prisoner reading aloud love affair law student teenage sexuality older woman younger man relationship reading to someone secret lover shame literacy west germany courtroom drama
Release Date: January 02, 2008
|Slogan||:||«Behind the mystery lies a truth that will make you question everything you know.»|
|Production Companies||:||The Weinstein Company, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Mirage Enterprises, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Studio Babelsberg, FFA, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, ARD|
|Producers||:||Jina Jay, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Simone Bär, Redmond Morris, Donna Gigliotti|
|Writers||:||David Hare, Bernhard Schlink|
The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.