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The Book Thief

15 Mar

At the weekend we wandered along to the cinema to see The Book Thief.

*some small spoilers but nothing too crucial!*

I had few expectations, i hadn’t seen the trailer; all i knew was that it was set in Germany during WWII and that it followed the story of a little blonde girl… who presumably stole books!

It was beautiful.

A glorious piece of film: stunning cinematography, captivating and a really well written story with realistic, enigmatic characters, played out by equally beguiling actors and actresses. The parts of Liesel and Hans, Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush respectively, were the most enchanting. Their relationship made the horrors just bearable. The sheer harmony of their connections made my eyes tear just as much as the monstrosities… and i won’t spoil the ending but bring your tissues.

I loved this film for another reason as well: it’s portrayal of a love and vital importance for storytelling. It is a tale literally centered around that ideal. Without that first stolen book, Liesel would never have formed such a strong bond with Hans (or Max), nor would she have been able to cope, and aid others in coping, with the fear surrounding their lives and ultimately it saved her life.

The scene in the bomb shelter where Liesel makes the realisation of how her love for stories and Hans’ love for music are equated and the joy of sharing them with an audience is enough to block out the noise of the bombs above and the fear below broke my heart; my eyes overspilled and i wept at the unconditional beauty.

I’m always ensnared by a good story, and a good story that preaches the love and critical precedence for storytelling has more than earned it’s place in my favourites.

Thoroughly recommend you watch (and read!) The Book Thief.

 

Chloe out.