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on 20 January 2018
a young german girl is sent to a small town in Germany after her little brother dies on the train and her mother cannot look after her .the girl (her name ) Liesel is orphaned to a married couple aged in their forties.it is a war torn Germany under the rule of adolf hitler.showing not just what the germans did to other countries and people ,but what it was like there at that time.she meets a boy her age (early teens) called rudi.who falls in love with her.she learns to try and get on with her thunder mama as she calls her ,but not to her face and her loving new papa ,all the while they are hiding a young man,a jew (max).even when their cellar is inspected by german officers to see if it is a good bomb shelter,and fearing for their lives while the jew is still there.she liking books learns to read and with the german officer in charge of the towns wife lends her books and then stops her but she sneaks in to borrow more.the generals wife gets to know her as Liesel s new mother does the washing for the general and his wife. meanwhile while soldiers take jews away and rudi s eliteness is noticed by the german officer for his talents.he tries to run away with Liesl but it doent work.where in air raids from Lancaster bombers her new papa plays the harpsicord.her papa is conscripted to fight in the war,after a while returning injured..death comments on them as he collects there souls from their lifeless bodies as one night no siren is sounded and the town bombed.Liesl loses both new parents,rudi is pulled out of the rubble wanting to tell her he loves her ,but dies before saying the whole sentence.a film where a young girl has to cope with losing her real family,being in a war,in a country ruled by a dictator,showing how Germany was also a victim of the war.under a ruler who killed not only jews,but the mentally impaired,disabled,even germans who had these afflictions and disabilities.not all germans wanted adolf hitler.so don't blame us who where born from 1950 onwards .we didn't ask to be born german or you your nationality .yet we still get the stigma and blame for the war.we agree that what hitler did was totally wrong in all aspects.a compelling film.as for Liesl the I leave for you to see.

a film I RECOMMEND
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on 30 March 2014
The story is set in 'Germany' during 'World War 2' starting a little before
when 'Liesel' and her brother are being taken to live with 'Hans' and
'Rosa Hubermann' their mother can no longer cope, sadly 'Liesel's'
brother dies before the journey ends.
When 'Liesel' attends her new school the children mock her because
she cannot read.
Her new 'Papa' 'Hans' sets about teaching his adopted daughter...
Some little while later the family are joined by a young man 'Max' a 'Jew'
who is hiding from the 'Nazi' authorities.
These are cruel times in 'Nazi Germany' 'Jews' are openly abused by
'party' members (of course this turned more sinister)
'Lieslel' befriends 'Max' however the family are taking a huge risk sheltering
him, 'Han's' gets 'Leisel' to promise not to tell anyone of their new guest.
To make ends meet 'Rosa' takes in washing and ironing work from home,
one day she sends 'Liesel' with the washing she does for the 'Burgermeister'
and his wife to their home and told to ensure she brings the payment back
home, when at the fine home she is invited in and, because she'd caught
a glance, was shown the library by the 'Burgermeister's' wife and invited to
start reading a book she'd seen.
However some while later when the master of the house see's 'Liesel' in his
home reading, he bans her, and ceases the washing/ironing work her mama
does for him.
'Liesel's' school pal 'Rudy' guesses that they have a guest in the 'Hubermann'
home, the conversation is overheard by 'bully' 'Frans' which adds to the risk
being taken.
'Max' falls ill, 'Liesel' finds a way through the 'Burgemeister's library window
and borrows books to read to her sick friend.
Inevitably War reaches their small town all too soon.
(Because many cities in the U.K received massive loss of life and devastation,
we tend to forget what we dealt out in return, this film brings home the truth
that innocent lives were lost on both sides as portrayed in this film)
The film is enchanting, addictive, often heart-warming very moving and sometimes
sad, the story will almost certainly pull you in from the very beginning, and yes it
may well be an idea to have 'tissues' handy.
Superb performances from the cast members.
The picture and sound quality is excellent.
Features -
*A hidden truth.
*Bringing the Book Thief to life.
*An Inspirational history.
*Bringing the past to life.
*The legend and the music.
*Deleted Scenes.
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on 9 February 2017
There is little I can add to previous reviews. The film is brilliantly cast and wonderfully presented. Sophie Nelisse, as Liesel, is utterly mesmerising.
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on 21 March 2017
Loved it, loved it, loved it.
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on 20 February 2016
Very saccharine adaptation of a much more interesting book.
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on 29 April 2017
Lovely film and show that not all Germans burnt books good price and and packageing was wright for contents well done
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on 20 August 2015
Dvd was disappointing after reading what is a great book.
Film a little bit bland and some scenes from book have been cut.
Okay family film, however expected to come across more emotionally.
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on 1 May 2017
A heart-rending story, set against the second world war, but we were engrossed and enjoyed it very much
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on 20 March 2016
We started this film, not quite sure if we would enjoy it. So, first we opted for the first five minutes, and if we didn't like it, we'd stop. We didn't stop, so then until 10 minutes ... and again we didn't stop. It's moving, charming, sometimes light and funny, always heart-warming. I watched it with my fifteen year old daughter, who loved it. We both did.
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on 21 August 2017
I adored this film not only because of the great acting but also because we know so little about how ordinary Germans suffered under the Nazi regime. We need to know.
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