Sophie Scholl—The Final Days
Docudrama | German with English subtitles | 117 minutes
In World War II Munich, Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans, join the White Rose, an anti-Nazi group. Sophie, along with fellow members of the White Rose, mimeographs flyers they place outside the doors of the lecture halls at Munich University. Impulsively, Sophie throws a stack of flyers over the edge of the balustrade. A Nazi-sympathizing janitor catches Sophie and notifies the Gestapo. Sophie, Hans, and Christoph Probst, are charged with treason and abetting the enemy. The Gestapo, Robert Mohr, ruthless at first, becomes sympathetic and tries to convince Sophie to recant and save herself from being executed. He doesn’t succeed. Before the execution, Sophie and Hans’s parents visit. They express approval of what they’ve done. Mohr comes to the prison and sadly watches Sophie being taken away. As Sophie enters the courtyard, she looks up and says, “The sun is still shining.”
Why Stream This Film?
As film critic Anthony Lane wrote in The New Yorker, SOPHIE SCHOLL- THE FINAL DAYS may sound like a history lesson, but don’t be fooled. It’s a horror film.” So true!
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 87%
- Metacritic Score:76
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
- Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Silver Berlin Bear
- European Film Awards: Winner, Best European Director (Marc Rothemund); Best European Actress (Julia Jentsch)
- German Film Awards: Winner, Best German Film; Best Performance by an Actress (Julia Jentsch)
- Munich Film Festival: Winner, Best Film
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The sentence against her is carried out with startling promptness; because of the movie’s title, we are not surprised, but we are jolted.”
This gripping true story conveys what it must have been like be a young, smart, idealistic dissenter in Nazi Germany, where no dissent was tolerated.
Rock solid performances by up-and-coming German actress Julia Jentsch as Sophie and Alexander Held as Mohr along with an excellent cast of supporting players insure that no one mistakes this for a lifeless docudrama.
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