The Book Thief, with Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson & Kirsten Block. Director, Brian Percival. I’ve whined previously about movies with brats in them & usually avoid them like a hawk. However; this really wasn’t a children’s movie. It was a movie about luck, compassion & mortality.
Nélisse was a little lady & excellent as a waif that’s been adopted by a German couple in Nazi Germany, 1938 or so. Her stoic charisma immediately reeled me in & her interaction with her character’s adopted father, Rush, were subtle & effective. Rush, in his usual brilliance, is the epitome of kindness & understanding amidst the civilian tensions of that past evil regime.
Watson stood out as a tempestuous, hard knocks German, trying to make things work with a practicality that she was always hesitant to implement. I adore her. Her ability to become someone else is truly something to aspire, whether you’re an actor, someone who needs to reinvent or if a disguise is necessary.
I recommend the film. It will indeed make you feel joy & sorrow at the impermanency of life.