Q&A with Bernhard Schlink
Q: In the book, Michael turns to his father for advice. This passage was incredibly telling as to who Michael was as a result of his upbringing, and the conclusion to the chapter wherein his father confesses the pain of parenting. It's particularly heartbreaking in that all people come to terms with the humanity of their parents. However, in the movie, Michael turns to his professor. What do you think of this change?
A: Well, it's one of the decisions we talked a lot about, and I can say I understand why they did what they did. They thought Michael talking to his father and professor and then to the judge would be too much, so they tried to get these different conversations in this one communication between Michael and his professor. I missed the conversation with the father, though.