“If your eyes could speak, what would they say?”
So postulates Max, a young Jewish refugee seeking shelter in Liesel’s house during WWII. It’s a pretty big question to ask a little girl, but as the trailer for Brian Percival’s The Book Thief suggests, just her mere presence changes the lives of everyone in that small German town forever. Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is sent to live with new parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) after losing her own family in the middle of WWII. Fitting in as a new girl in a town full of Nazis is clearly hard, but spirited little Liesel learns to cope with a combination of her fists, and through the magic of the written word. Bonding with Papa Geoffrey Rush and Max (Ben Schnetzer) are fun as well.
It’s still a little unclear from the trailer exactly what it is that Liesel does to “transform the lives of everyone around her,” as the official synopsis states. Does she incite a revolution? Is it just her precociousness? The Book Thief is an adaptation of a best-selling novel, so my answer is probably there, but I’m not looking to spoil anything. Check out the trailer for yourself here:
The Book Thief is in theaters November 15th.