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storyOne day on the return of school a teenage boy (Michael) gets sick and has to get off his bus. He sits on the side of an aparment feeling worse, and a middle-aged woman (Hanna) helps him to get better and she accompanies him to his house. After being kept in bed for months Michael goes to visit Hanna with a bunch of flowers to thank her. Then suddenly an affair arises between these two. They cannot name it whether it is a love relation or just a physical relation to meet each other’s needs but no matter what, in time they get stick to each other more passionately.

Michale reads for Hanna different books and Hanna loves to listen to these books. This turns into a daily routine, reading some books just before making love. They spend a summer together. Now it seems they are inseparable until one day Hanna decides to move and get away from him.

When these two meet next, Michael is a law student in his twenties and Hanna is a defendant in her forties. Michael sees her from far away but never has the courage to be seen by her. At the end of the case, Hanna is found guilty. And meanwhile he discovers that Hanna is illeterate.

During her days behind the iron bars, Michael keeps reading for her at his own house. He records his voice and sends the tapes to Hanna. She loves them. And she starts to read and write as a result of her passion for books, for Michael and just to be able to send a letter to him. But she is never able to get a reply to her short but meaningful letters except already coming tapes.

And when these two meet next, Michael is in his forties and Hanna is quite close to death…

As i already mentioned in my previous movie reviews, i am a big fan of Kate Winslet, but my appreciation doubled for her after seeing this movie. She was awesome with her acting, fitting in every role, with her stand, look, the way she speaks, behaves…

The movie deserves a five star…and i strongly recommend everyone to see it…

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