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First I have to say: The book was ab-so-lute-ly gripping stuff. I have read a lot of historical novels in my life but this is definitely one of the best. The story creeps deep under your skin, you really feel with the characters, you suffer with them, you are happy with them. While reading you feel the snow under your feet, in the stables you can smell the hay and when the main character, the boy Kaspanaze, describes how his feet feel warm standing in a cow pat, you know it feels good (well, better than freezing off your toes on a wintry meadow...).
So I really was looking forward to see which pictures the director of the film had in his mind. If they were the same as in my head.
They were not the same. The film disappointed me in more than one way. The story had almost nothing to do with the book but the title. Even the main character had a different name. Completely different things happened in the story and the fearsome characters like the Swabian farmer were nothing like the evil beast of a man in the book. In the film he was merely a rabbit, while in the book he was a monster.
Thus I can't recommend the film. Read the book and enjoy a deeply emotional story. If you have to see the film, read the book afterwards to know how the film should have really been.
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