The Book Thief

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  131 min.
Release Date: November 15, 2013 - Montréal, Toronto - November 15, 2013 - Toronto, Montreal
November 22 - Vancouver, Quebec City
November 27 - Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa

DVD: March 11, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.43
based on 448 votes and 198 reviews
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Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer

Inspiration: Markus Zusak


A young girl named Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is sent to live with a German foster family during World War II because of her mother's communist ties. She finds it difficult at first to adjust to her new family, until her new father (Geoffrey Rush) teaches her to read a book she found.

She soon gets through the book and thirsts for more to read. Following a book burning in the town square, she pulls a book out of the fire. Meanwhile, Max, a young Jew who is a friend of the family, comes to the door to escape being captured by the Nazis. As her adoptive parents nurse him to health, Liesel grows attached to Max, reading to him as he spends long hours hiding in the basement of their home.

Based on the novel by Australian author Markus Zusak.

  Canadian Connection: Sophie Nélisse is a Genie award-winning actress from Quebec.

Director: Brian Percival
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Karen Rosenfelt, Ken Blancato
Screenplay: Michael Petroni
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  • 5 stars "This thought-provoking drama was perfectly cast ."
  • 5 stars "Having lost most of my family to the Polish/Jewish holocaust, anything below a five for this film is total disrespect and an insult to a phenomenal humanitarian film."
  • 5 stars "I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was in turns sad, lighthearted, painful, touching, uplifting and more. Solid performances by all. geoffrey Rush is always good, Emily watson's transformation was great- and I especially loved the scenes between leisl and Rudy."