I first heard about “The Reader” on Charlie Rose and as is the case with all Holocaust movies had mixed emotions about whether or not I would take the time to watch it. But as you know, I’m a Kate Winslet fan and having become interested in her acting career, I rented the DVD last week.
Hanna's crime is horrific but an evaluation of her responsibility or guilt is up to you. I was more interested in whether or not she loved Michael in his youth or only came to love him later in life when he sends her books on tape. Either way, throughout the long course of their relationship, it’s Hanna’s needs that are of primary importance. Kate, in the interview, says they meant to portray the love affair as genuine but I’m not convinced. Hanna was capable of great emotion as is evidenced by her reaction to music and literature but she did not extend this depth of feeling to humans. For the complete interview with Kate Winslet and David Kross go here.