It’s difficult to say whether telling the story of the Holocaust from a child’s perspective dampens the horror of it, or makes it all the more worse, but character studies of children who lived at the time have been done many times both in film and the page. Such examples include Life is Beautiful, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and the multiple adaptations of The Diary of Anne Frank, and now an adaptation of Marcus Zusak’s award-winning novel The Book Thief is coming to the big screen, from Downton Abbey director Brian Percival.
The Book Thief centers around a young girl called Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) who is sent to live with new adoptive parents (played by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Germany, just before the start of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Liesel steals her first ...
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