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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Julie Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held and Andre Hennicke

Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: February 17, 2006 Released by: Zeitgeist Films

This docudrama set in 1943 Munich about the anti-Nazi resistance has a similar impact to the devastating Downfall.

Marc Rothermund's Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, which maybe should have been altered, looks at a member of the White Rose, acted with brave-hearted conviction by Julia Jentsch (The Edukators).

When delivering missives badmouthing the Nazis, the picture begins on a suspenseful note. But, Sophie and brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs), also a Munich university student, are apprehended by maintenance staff. The Gestapo questions her, and a confession leads to trial.

Fred Breinersdorfer's script is ladened with dialogue with the crux of the story focusing on the the back-and-forth between Sophie and interrogator Robert Mohr (Alexander Held). Jentsch and Mohr make the conversation gripping as the screenplay is drawn from unpublished archival transcripts.

Jentsch comes across with much piety swiftly moving from denial to defiance, and Held is effective showing dichotomy in a role bound to break down Sophie. Less subtlety comes when Judge Friesler (Andre Hennicke) enters the scene, but the close-knit power of a woman with the drive of Joan of Arc remains indelible after an unhappy conclusion.

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