When people give death a role as the protagonist through the madness of a war, he takes the courage and narrates life… But even he, is stunned by the willingness to live, a willingness which is not presented in that film as ordinary, as a battle. It looks more like a need for beauty. Thirst for words that have the power to give joy to the joyless and colour to the bleak.
The film is based on the book of the same name by Marcus Zusak and deals with the experience of World War II in Nazi Germany from the view of ordinary German citizens struggling to survive, who have nothing to separate them from the Jews of their neighbourhood. Liesel is a girl from a communist family who has been adopted by a German couple. Illiterate, she learns to write and read from her stepfather, an anti-Nazi musician. She manages to survive the absurdity of war by stealing books and escaping with her imagination and the power she draws from the stories she reads and writes.
The plot is simple and touching. Full of losing loved ones… Death, even when it emerges violently through a war, finds the barrier of stubbornness for life, for every little thing that gives meaning in the moment. Although, it is a film about the war, it praises the importance, but also the responsibility, to remain a Human in all this nonsense of war. Absurdly relevant!
P.S. A big thanks to Liana for suggesting this movie!
Features of the film
Suitable for people over 12 years old.
Released Date: November 27, 2013 (USA)
Director: Brian Percival
Music by: John Williams
Distributed by: 20th Century Studios
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse
Official trailer of the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dRuGwS1gWU