Oscar special: The Reader (15)

PUBLISHED: 10:21 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009

Oscar success: Best actress for Kate Winslet... RALPH Fiennes stars as a man trying to come to terms with the Holocaust in this drama based on the award-winning novel by Bernhard Schlink. Michael Berg is first portrayed as a 15-year-old who, on his way back

The Reader (15)

Oscar success: Best actress for Kate Winslet

RALPH Fiennes stars as a man trying to come to terms with the Holocaust in this drama based on the award-winning novel by Bernhard Schlink.

Michael Berg is first portrayed as a 15-year-old who, on his way back from school, becomes ill.

He is taken in by a mysterious older woman, Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), who cleans him up before returning him to his parents.

Michael returns to Hanna's apartment to thank her for her help and the two begin an illicit, destructive affair, before Hanna suddenly disappears without a trace.

Eight years later, Michael is a law student observing a war crimes trial - and is thrown into emotional turmoil when he discovers Hanna is a defendant.

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