Set during World War II in a small village in Germany, "The Book Thief" chronicles how an orphan learns to sort out the world and gain comfort through language. If enough people attend this movie and are moved, funding for the Humanities could pick up. As we all know, American capitalism, including even institutions of higher learning, are backing away from supporting literature for its own sake.
The father in the family who adopted the young girl teaches her the alphabet, then how to read books. She winds up "borrowing" books from the mansion of a bigwig in the Nazi party. That book room is supposed to be secret since the Nazi ideology is anti-intellectual. Rallies include book burnings.
Her life is not easy. The mother and father who adopted her and the young boy who loved her are killed in a bombing of their street. The film is narrated by Death, who records how each soul came into his embrace. The girl survives that and lives until 90. That's when Death comes to collect her.
From the hard beginnings she carves out a career for herself as an author whose stories bring pleasure to many. She had married and produced children and they produced their own children.
In the ladies' room after this film we discussed books which had meant so much to us. Mine included "The Great Gatsby." It took several readings for me to accept that the rich are careless people. That helped in the dark days when I struggled to rebuild my business. I just ignored them.