"Book Thief", a beautiful life in despair

Else 2022-04-22 07:01:16

Narrow attics, warm blankets, gloomy basements... The film "The Book Thief" shows a girl's relationship with her adoptive parents and a Jew living in her home in Nazi-ruled Germany during World War II. Love story. Under the heavy theme, the details of interpersonal communication make people feel that flowers are blooming in the center of suffering.
The history of the Nazi massacre of Jews is undoubtedly extremely heavy and dark, but in the process of showing, there are several very good movies that try to use a more optimistic approach, such as the famous "Life is Beautiful", "Stealing" The Book Thief follows the same style. In the historical background of the disaster, everyone still worked hard to survive and create a warm family.
In that era, food was very precious, and people lived with gratitude in a limited space. The film's protagonist, Liesel, was sent to her adoptive parents' home is the first impressive point. Sitting in a black car, she was lonely and didn't know what was waiting for her. Maybe she was abused from then on. career. At first glance, the adoptive father looks good, but the mother is not kind. It is such a family, with the accumulation of time, slowly cultivated feelings. After getting to know the father, he is so kind and amiable. Although the mother seems to be unsmiling, she has a "knife-mouthed tofu-heartedness". For the son of his father's friend, a Jew, everyone knows what it might be like to arrange such a person's boarding. As a result, the soft-hearted father still accepted him out of promise, which reflects the kindness of the family.
For the little girl Liesel, Max also became her most special friend. The adoptive mother's hard-hearted and soft-hearted side also showed at this time. She worked hard to make a living. Although she always complained that there was an extra person in the family and everyone couldn't get enough to eat, she still risked her life when the young people's lives were at stake. Dangerous help. A loving father is always the image of a good man, and he can't help reaching out to help people who are in trouble around him. In an era when material and food resources are scarce, everyone is prepared for danger and only takes care of themselves, for fear that if they say the wrong thing, they will bring disaster to their family members. Under such circumstances, it is very important in human nature to be able to rescue and warm a stranger with all their might. beautiful.
The family spent Christmas together around the fire is another very important point in the film. The father's accordion is like a symbol of ideological comfort, bringing indescribable spiritual comfort to those in distress. "Poverty is rich in spirit" is the best interpretation of that era. For the girl Liesel, her childhood was not lonely, she was cared for by kind and warm adoptive parents, accompanied by Marx, and one who pursued her The wholehearted admiration of her boyfriend Rudy, such a childhood has been very rich. Although it is suppressed and dark in the overall background, but because of this, happiness is hidden in the dark attic at the corner, in a room with limited space... Compared with the name of the original "Book Thief", the movie does not have The power brought by too many books is highlighted, but the warmth of human nature, the affection of adoptive parents, and the relationship with young partners have already made people feel rich and warm, which can be remembered for a lifetime.
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The Book Thief quotes

  • Max Vandenburg: So... How is Rudy?

    Liesel Meminger: I don't know. Rudy is a pain in the neck.

    Max Vandenburg: The only thing worse than a boy you hate, is a boy you like, right?

  • Rudy Steiner: Are you coming?

    Liesel Meminger: Where are you going to?

    Rudy Steiner: Isn't it obvious? I'm running away.

    Liesel Meminger: Have you thought this through?

    Rudy Steiner: Ya. I don't want to die. There - all thought through.

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