I received a copy of The Book Thief in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Have you seen or read The Book Thief? It takes you on a stirring historical journey that takes place in the midst of WWII. I finally got the chance to watch this movie and really enjoyed it. It is a slow movie, and it’s really long, but I was drawn into the story and learning about the young girl this story revolves around. Don’t start the movie when you’re tired, but when you have time to focus and enjoy.
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Based on the beloved best-selling book comes an “extremely moving” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire) story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is adopted by a German couple (OSCAR® Winner Geoffrey Rush* and OSCAR® Nominee Emily Watson**). Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father. When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him. Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).
The Book Thief is a really deep movie that has lots of room to create a great discussion. Whether you’re discussing the book with your book group or want to have a deep conversation about the movie, The Book Thief Discussion Guide can prompt a great discussion. Here’s a peek at the first page of the discussion guide.
One of the important topics my brother and I discussed as we watched the movie was the importance of understanding the narrator was Death. It is something that many who read the book and some who watch the movie may not immediately catch. It is an important part of understanding the movie.
The Book Thief is rated PG13 and has a run time of 131 minutes.