zondag 5 februari 2012
The Reader (2008): a review
Haven't we all had secrets in our lives? Both protagonists have secrets and because they want to hide them, they do wrong things. The question we should ask is not why they did these things, but whether they can live with the shame, the guilt and the consequences.
I think it was well put in the movie that the law (our justice) is a very narrow and shallow thing. We do not judge people on the basis of morality, but on the basis of legality. And to make it more difficult: the legalitily of a certain period. What was considered right 50 years ago is considered wrong or racist or despicable in the 21st century.
The movie is dark, disturbing and doesn't provide answers. But it will make you think about your own decisions. I never read the book by Bernard Schlink but I'm sure I will soon.