The best years of our lives and the Reader are two films where the titles perfectly sum up the most basic themes of the two movies. When we consider the themes in the best years of our lives the film focuses on the return of three servicemen trying to piece their lives back together after returning home from World War 2. The title itself is an ironic jab the facts that the servicemen had the best years of their lives during the war and that their return to a peaceful society has revealed how separated them are from society. Another theme the title follows is that the men due to their separation from society have given the best years of their lives to the armed forces, thus giving up their hopes of dreams of integration in society (O’Donnell).
The title of the Reader shows its themes in two ways one which is obvious and another which is subtle. One theme that creates the title is how the character of Michael Berg reads to Hanna Schmitz various books during their affair. The second theme which is far more subtle in nature is found in the main character played by Kate Winslet. Her acting in the film though seemingly distant and cold has a great amount of depth that actually must be read by the viewer in order to fully understand the emotions that drive the film (Winslet).