The Weinstein Co.; Sony Pictures Classics
Movies with a Holocaust theme are well-represented in the Academy Awards ( "Schindler's List" won in 1994). Then again, "The Reader" isn't exactly about the Holocaust. Taking place in Germany after World War II, it examines the notion of collective guilt for a nation's deplorable acts. At first a tale of love and betrayal, it focuses on a perpetrator rather than a victim, and her bafflement that doing what was legal during the war should later prove worth punishing. It calls to mind "The Lives of Others," 2007 winner for foreign-language film. Set in East Germany, that film centers on a character who, at first, carries out morally reprehensible behavior in service to the government.