The Book Thief

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Sumptuous, faintly unrealistic version of Markus Zusak’s best-seller Discuss this article

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Narrated by Death himself (solemn-voiced Roger Allam), this sumptuous, faintly unrealistic version of Markus Zusak’s best-seller bypasses wartime horror at every juncture. Angelic orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives in fictional Molching, Germany, in 1938 with separation anxiety and an inability to read. Kindly foster parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush, defined by his jaunty accordion playing) and Rosa (Emily Watson, sweet under a tough exterior) fix both problems in what feels like a matter of weeks. Soon, Nazis start roughing up the townsfolk, but Liesel has unerring moral instincts, hiding a young boy escaping persecution in the cellar and softening hearts all around, while developing into an avid reader.

Where the book had a kernel of intellectual irony to it – words betray a nation – this drama goes shamelessly for the heart.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

The Book Thief

  • Duration: 131
  • Released: Thu, 16 Jan
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Brian Percival
  • Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

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