She finds her love of reading as a way to shut out the horrors of Nazi Germany. She steals them, shares them, and uses their words and thoughts to nurture those around her. In doing so, she creates a magical world that inspires them all.boccaccioravello

Based on Markus Zusak’s international best-selling book, “The Book Thief” is about Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl who finds solace in stealing books. Set in 1938, the movie opens with Liesel’s mother taking her daughter and son to live with a foster family in a German working-class neighborhood outside Munich. Unable to care for her children, Liesel’s mother must give them up. However, on the train ride, Liesel’s younger brother dies, and in the snow-covered ground, he is laid to rest. There, at age nine, she steals her first book, “The Gravedigger’s Handbook” and thus begins her love affair with books. coloradoskihome

She tries to adapt to her new life with the foster parents Hans and Rosa portrayed by Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Hans kindly takes her under his wing, gains her trust and when he discovers she’s illiterate, he teaches her how to read. Rosa, the stern one, sees problems with this new addition and questions the decision to take her in. Liesel, played by Sophie Nélisse, at first wants to run away, but then finds a budding friendship with schoolmate Rudy (German youngster Nico Liersch). Over the next six years, the characters are affected by Hitler’s rise to power and the war that follows.

Books are at the center of this film, not so much for their physical presence but for their ability to unleash a freethinking society, one that can make up its own mind. When Hitler came to power, Nazi Germany was obsessed in suppressing dissident viewpoints, ideas contrary to their ideologies and the party line agenda. Public book burnings were one way to control the masses and force them to give up the thoughts, the words, and the stories that gave direction to their lives.

The book burning is one of the strongest scenes in this movie because it’s a turning point in young Liesel’s life. She attends and initially she is caught up in the jubilant celebration. However, her composure slowly changes when she realizes something is shamefully wrong. When pushed to take part in this horrific act, she becomes one of us and we feel her turmoil destroying the very thing she loves. Over the loud speakers, the rantings of German-speaking official combined with the flames of the burning books creates a terrifying scene. It foretells of the tragedies to come and that no one is safe in this warped and misguided world. From this moment on Liesel must live a double life, one seeking truth, the other obeying the Nazi dictates. For more info please visit these sites :-

In this hostile setting, Liesel steals a book from the bonfire embers hiding it under her coat. The mayor’s wife, a compassionate person who likewise loves books, observes this courageous act.

Shortly after Kristallnacht, (night of broken glass) when Jewish shops are vandalized, Hans, Rosa, and Liesel take in Max (Ben Schnetzer) a young Jewish man on the run, one whose family Hans owns a debt of life for saving his life during WWI. Max is near death and the family nurses him back to health. Liesel reads to him and the words somehow nourish him back to life.