The Book Thief – 2013 – English
Film directed in 2013 by Brian Percival, and starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer, Sandra Nedeleff, Hildegard Schroedter, Gotthard Lange…
Synopsis: The Book Thief tells the story of a spirited and courageous young woman named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a host family in World War II Germany.
In 1938, the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. For Liesel, the power of words and imagination becomes a way to escape the tumultuous events that surround her, both herself and all the people she knows and loves.
Review: I know there were a couple of things they could have done to make The Book Thief even better. The film was stunning nonetheless.
I had very high expectations going in and honestly, from the trailer, I was prepared for a let down. Nothing of the sort. The scenery was breathtaking and captivating, and I felt transported, insulated from the realities of a terrible war in a terrible time by the endearingly human performances of the actors and the depth they lent to their characters.
The only complaints I have would be slight spoilers for both the movie and the book and since I highly recommend both, I’ll save them.
A powerfully emotional treat you won’t regret. Go see it!