The Reader Soundtrack (

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Rating: 7.60/10 from 258000 votes
Tags: war crime
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

The Reader (El lector)

Title in Italiano:

The Reader - A voce alta

Title in Português:

O Leitor


THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate secret affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn," and "The Lady with the Little Dog."

Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life--this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.

THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.

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The Reader
Musik liegt in der Luft
Caterina Valente: Performer
Heinz Gietz: Writer
Pueri Hebraeorum
Making Time
Eddie Phillips: Writer
The Creation: Performer
Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back
Eddie Phillips: Performer

User reviews

Thomas Wilson

The lack of a cohesive musical theme throughout the movie made it difficult to emotionally connect with the characters and their journey, leaving the audience feeling detached and unengaged.

David Brown

The soundtrack of The Reader felt disconnected from the emotional depth of the story, failing to capture the complexities of the characters' relationships.

Melissa Baker

Each musical piece is carefully selected to convey the themes of love, loss, and redemption present in the narrative, creating a haunting and immersive experience for the audience.

Nancy Jones

The soundtrack of The Reader is a powerful and integral part of the film, adding layers of depth and emotion that enrich the viewing experience and stay with the viewer long after the credits roll.

Elizabeth Young

The soundtrack of The Reader beautifully captures the emotional depth and complexity of the story, enhancing the viewer's connection to the characters and their journey.

Thomas Wright

The soundtrack of The Reader perfectly captures the emotional complexity of the story, with haunting melodies and evocative compositions that enhance the themes of love, loss, and redemption. The music adds depth to the scenes and helps to convey the inner turmoil of the characters, making the viewing experience even more powerful.

Ashley Perez

On the other hand, some of the songs in the soundtrack felt a bit repetitive and predictable, lacking the originality and creativity needed to truly stand out. While the music served its purpose in setting the mood for the film, there were moments where it felt like a generic background score rather than a distinctive element that added to the storytelling.

Lisa Carter

The music choices in The Reader often felt cliché and predictable, lacking originality and failing to enhance the overall atmosphere of the film.

Linda Allen

The music perfectly complements the post-war setting of Germany, evoking a sense of nostalgia and melancholy that mirrors the characters' inner struggles and the historical context of the film.