Volume 17, Issue 13
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Starring Julia Jentsch, Alexander Held, and Fabian Hinrichs. Directed by Marc Rothemund. Rated M. 116 minutes.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is an impressive film which is hard to dislodge from one’s memory once it has been seen. Set in Munich in 1943 when German forces faced crippling defeat by the Russians at Stalingrad, this modest production eschews large crowd scenes and elaborate costumes and sets to portray with quiet power the arrest, trial, and conviction for high treason of Sophie Scholl (superbly played by Julia Jentsch), a lively and intelligent young biology and philosophy student at Munich University, who was a member of the student resistance cell, White Rose.