THE BOOK THIEF (2013 Mill Valley Film Festival, San Rafael California, USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The Book Thief, a poignant tale of tragic endings and new beginnings, becomes that exceptional story that one will not soon forget due to the thoughtful, mindful way in which the script presents itself to its audience. The movie is a World War II story about a young foster girl, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), who loves reading. Everything in her young life helps her read—her kindly foster father; a well-stocked library from which she, without permission, ‘borrows’ books; a Jewish refugee hiding in the family’s basement; and her schooling. There is a twist in the story as the identity of the Narrator (Roger Allam) is revealed which provides the perfect ending to a smoothly and well-told tale.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Brian Percival. Thank you to Executive Producer Redmond Morris for making the film possible. Additional character/cast include: Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush), Rosa Hubermann (Emily Watson), Max Vandenberg (Ben Schnetzer), Max's Mother (Sandra Nedeleff), and Rudy Steiner (Nico Liersch).

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