Monday, June 30, 2014

"...every living thing, every leaf, every bird, is only alive because it contains the secret word for life. That's the only difference between us and a lump of clay." Max, in the film, The Book Thief

Death (The Narrator) "In my job, I'm always finding humans at their best and their worst.  I see their ugliness and their beauty and I wonder how the same thing can be both. I have seen a great many things.  I've attended all the world's worst disasters and worked for the greatest of villains, and I've seen the greatest wonders.  But it's still like I said it was, no one lives forever.

When I finally came for Liesel, I took selfish pleasure in the knowledge she had lived her ninety years so wisely.  By then, her stories had touched many souls, some of whom I came to know in passing.  Max, whose friendship lasted almost as long as Liesel...almost.  In her final thoughts, she saw the long list of lives that merged with hers; her three children, her grandchildren, her husband.  Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa, her brother, and the boy whose hair remained 'the color of lemons,' forever.

I wanted to tell the book thief, she was one of the few souls that made me wonder what it was to live, but in the end, there were no words, only peace.

The only truth I truly know is that I am haunted by humans."

Liesel reading to a near-dying Max hiding in her family's basement.

The Book Thief is a 2013 American-German drama directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. Based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak and adapted by Michael Petroni, the film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German parents during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, Hans, Liesel begins "borrowing" books, spreading inspiration, always.

The humanity of this film is profound.  Death, the film's narrator, and Liesel, the book thief, are the film's central characters; Death dictating who is to live and die throughout, Liesel, living throughout. 

A gem of a film with a beautiful story and a wonderful cast.

The Book Thief Movie Trailer

The Book Thief Soundtrack Suite, John Williams


Anonymous said...

I forgot all about this film Petra. Didn't it get an academy nod?

Thanks for the reminder. Sounds like a must-see.

K. :)

Ron said...

Oh my Petra, your presentation of this film review and your words had me riveted from the start! I've heard of this movie but never saw it, so I really didn't know what it was about. However, people who did see it said it was fantastic!

"A gem of a film with a beautiful story and a wonderful cast"

And it LOOKS like a gem of a film. What a cast, indeed! I love Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. The trailer is awesome, because it lured me in and had me interested immediately. There is something about that time period (the late 30's and 40's) I am so enthralled with. I was in a stage production of The Diary Of Anne Frank many years ago and I felt so connected to that period on a very deep 'soul' level; almost as if I had lived before during that time because I could feel what it was like to have lived then.

Thank you so much for sharing this post, dear friend. I will look for this movie tomorrow in the video store and purchase it.

And what a beautiful soundtrack!


petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

It did, K. I completely forgot myself until I came across the film trailer.

Am picking up the book as a friend, who insists that no film is as good as the book, highly recommends it.

Enjoy, K., and Happy 4th! :))

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Am so happy that you enjoyed, and will purchase. You won't be disappointed.

Your account of your feelings towards that time period is fascinating, Ron! Why we're drawn to a place, or time, or person, will always be a mystery...

Hope the storm doesn't place too much of a damper "no pun intended" on the 4th...enjoy,
Ron! :))