The Book Thief is the hauntingly beautiful tale of a young girl who finds solace from the devastation of war by “borrowing” books. Separated from her family and sent to live with strangers, the only things Liesel (played by Sophie Nélisse) has to remember her brother by are a small photo and the book she found while they were burying his body.
If you haven’t guessed by now, this film is one to watch with a box of tissues. It’s laced with scenes and characters that made me smile, sob and sigh with relief. The acting is superb, and visually the movie is stunning. The story touched my heart, and its definitely one I’ll be thinking about for weeks to come.
It is, of course, based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak. Personally, I didn’t get very far with the book, but maybe if I’d persevered like I did with the cinematic version, things would have been different.
If you haven’t seen it already, I’d highly recommend checking it out. It is truely one of my top war films, and Sophie Nélisse has a bright future ahead of her.