A brief review of the film, The Reader (2008)

Knowing that the movie was significantly centred around a questionable relationship between a teenage boy and an older woman, I was unsure whether I’d really want to watch it. I’m still not sure about it – especially with relation to the limited moral commentary on a number of questionable events / actions. I don’t know if I’d recommend it.

Yet, at the same time I found it to be a very thought provoking movie. The movie illustrates the power of shame – and how it has the ability to shape so much of our life. It also shows how actions sometimes have more consequences than we might ever expect. It is these two aspects that have caused me weeks later still to be thinking about the movie. It would appear that this movie could lead to a lot of discussion.

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