The Book Thef (Ladrona de Libros)

2014 At the movies Entertainment March 2014 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the March 2014 Edition

Director: Brian Percival
Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

“While subject 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.”

This was a lovely movie. Though the story takes place towards the end of WWII, it’s not about the battle. It allows us into the daily lives of every day Germans trying to cope with with the choices and consequences of it’s leadership while the allied forces creep ever closer to end the war. The art direction is fabulous as is the sound track. The actors are no less accomplished but I found myself quite spellbound by the natural beauty of the young actress Sophie Nelisse and her ability to draw you into her world through her eyes.

It has been nominated for an Oscar for the original music score by John Williams (also nominated for a Golden Globe) as well as numerous other international award entities for Sophie Nelisse as a breakthorugh performance and Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson for their supporting roles.

IMDB is rating this film at 7.7/10 based on 18,000 votes. I easily agree with this.

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