The Book Thief Film Review

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“…Here is a small fact. You are going to die…” A breathtakingly brilliant beginning, in which Death leads you towards the story of a girl, an accordionist, some fanatic Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. The adaptation of The Book Thief, recreated into this thought-provoking, triumphant and tragic film directed by Brian Percival, brings us a remarkable story which will give you chills. Well-known actors, such as Geoffrey Rush (Hans Hubbermann) and Emily Watson (Rosa Hubbermann) together with the new, young and talented generation of performer as the 10 year-old Sophie Nélisse (Liesel Meminger) and the 12 year-old Nico Liersch (Rudy Steiner), bring to life a moving story about an orphan German girl, Liesel Meminger, during World War II, who finds in books and in the power of words a way to escape from the horrors of Nazi Germany. Liesel discovers a new world in those written words (which have a meaning to what she is going through) and becomes a voracious reader. Each book she steals is also an act of rebellion against the Nazis; they are books deemed subversive to the German state. In fact, the plot focuses on the joys and sorrows of Liesel, her foster family, and the Jewish man they hide from the Nazis, while it features innovative stylistic techniques as Death’s foreshadowing and plot-spoiling. Never minding how convincing Death can be, remember not to trust him too much, because he fools us into thinking there are no surprises left for us at the end. Themes as hope, fear, love, naivety, losses and dramatism give this film the contradictory element of humanity’s good and evil. Through the eyes of a child there’s another side to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, where Germans hide Jews and have compassion for those children that have to leave their homes for surviving. No matter what kind of audience you are, take into account that this
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