While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.the film's IMDB page or buy on Amazon
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
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I have not yet read The Book Thief (so I can't tell you how faithful of an adaptation the movie is) but now I very much want to. After all of the good things I have always heard about the novel and the beautiful (both emotionally and in the filming) story that The Book Thief told, I am definitely moving Zusak's novel up my list.
Geoffrey Rush is great in the movie - though he usually is -- as Liesel's adoptive/foster father he is great. I love how well he interacted with Liesel from the very beginning but that we also got to see who he was beyond being her 'Papa.'
Sophie Nélisse who plays Liesel is someone whom I haven't before seen in anything, but would now like to. Her transformation in both age and character is so well done.
Small parts of the dialogue are in German along with a lot of the written word viewers see. It's small enough that you understand everything fine, while present enough that it really increases the feeling of the story being set in Nazi Germany.
The Book Thief is a film I very much enjoyed and will absolutely be watching again (likely before and after I finally read The Book Thief).
Once you've seen the movie - or if you've read the book and know the story - there's a Discussion Guide that will give you some things to think about.
This well acted and incredibly beautiful film is one you'll want to see . . . and you can win a copy (and the book) below:
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