The Book Thief (12A)

Available in: 2D

Release date:
26 February 2014

Running time:
131 minutes

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    Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Roger Allam

    Brian Percival


    A book-loving girl bonds with a Jewish refugee in Nazi Germany in this moving adaptation of Markus Zusak's international bestseller. In the late 1930s, illiterate nine-year-old Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nelisse) arrives at the rural home of her new foster parents. Henpecked by his wife Rosa (Emily Watson), kindly Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) encourages Liesel to learn to read. Things change with the arrival of Max Vandenburg (Ben Schnetzer) - the teenage son of a Jewish man who saved Hans's life during WWI. Now he needs help to avoid capture by the Nazis. While hiding in the Hubermanns' basement, Max forms a bond with Liesel and instils in her a love of books. Narrated by Death himself (voiced by Roger Allam), this powerful adaptation of Markus Zusak's much-acclaimed novel takes a child's eye view of the horrors of the Holocaust. Behind the camera is Brian Percival, who's best known for directing several episodes of 'Downton Abbey'.

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It's got finely calibrated performances and a deeply emotional, occasionally heart-stopping storyline. - Cineworld Magazine

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