The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.
- Aliran: Drama, Percintaan
- Studio: Studio Babelsberg, The Weinstein Company, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mirage Enterprises, ARD, FFA, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Deutscher Filmförderfonds
- Kata kunci: germany, based on novel or book, war crimes, women's prison, trial, female prisoner, reading aloud, love affair, law student, teenage sexuality, older woman younger man relationship, reading to someone, secret lover, shame, literacy, west germany, courtroom drama
- Pemeran: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain