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Sophie Scholl: the Final Days

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2005
  • Marc Rothemund
  • 115 mins
  • PG

Summary

Harrowing, Oscar-nominated Second World War biographical drama starring Julia Jentsch and Alexander Held. Munich student Sophie Scholl is arrested and interrogated by the Gestapo in 1943, after being caught distributing propaganda leaflets calling for Germany to surrender.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The activities of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose resistance movement have been dramatised for film twice before, in Michael Verhoeven's The White Rose and Percy Adlon's Five Last Days (both 1982). However, Marc Rothemund's starkly authentic and deeply affecting drama has the advantage of being based on the Gestapo records of Scholl's interrogation, after she was caught distributing anti-Nazi leaflets around Munich University in 1943. Julia Jentsch (The Edukators) is sympathetically stoic in the title role, although her courage and conviction are powerfully matched by the disgust, disappointment and grudging respect exhibited by Gestapo interrogator Alexander Held during their intense confrontations. Fabian Hinrichs, as Jentsch's co-conspirator brother, and Johanna Gastdorf, as her Communist cellmate, also impress.

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Credits

Cast

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Sophie SchollJulia Jentsch
Robert MohrAlexander Held
Hans SchollFabian Hinrichs
ElseJohanna Gastdorf
Dr FreislerAndre Hennicke
Christoph ProbstFlorian Stetter
Alexander SchmorellJohannes Suhm
Willi GrafMaximilian Brückner
Robert SchollJörg Hube
Magdalena SchollPetra Kelling
Werner SchollFranz Staber

Crew

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DirectorMarc Rothemund

Details

Theatrical distributor
ICA Projects
Released on
2005-10-28
Languages
German
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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