Sophie Scholl: The Final Days | Chicago Reader

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Sophie and her brother Hans were caught planting anti-Nazi leaflets around the University of Munich in February 1943, and after a speedy show trial they and one of their accomplices in the White Rose resistance movement were hustled off to the guillotine. Recently released transcripts of Sophie's interrogation by the gestapo supply the core of this 2005 German feature, which was nominated for an Oscar. The first half is breathlessly suspenseful, as the siblings are captured and Sophie (Julia Jentsch of The Edukators) tries to outsmart her Nazi inquisitor; after she's forced to confess, director Marc Rothemund doesn't have much to do but marvel at her heroic defiance, and the film is overtaken by its talkiness, claustrophobia, and polarized morality. In German with subtitles. 117 min.

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