2005 - Germany - 117 minutes
Writer - Fred Breinersdorfer
Director - Marc Rothemund
Internet Movie Database User Rating - 8.1/10 - Link to IMDB
Roger Ebert Rating - 3 of 4 Stars - Link to Ebert's Review
My Rating - 4 of 5 Stars

In World War II Germany, there was a group comprised mainly of students called The White Rose that protested the actions of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Needless-to-say, they were considered a threat to the war efforts of Germany and were dealt with harshly. This film portrays the last days of one of those students - Sophie Scholl.

Don't expect action as there is little. Most of the film shows the interrogation of Sophie by a Nazi official named Robert Mohr. Mohr was a decent man - as decent as any Nazi official could be in those times - who tried to persuade Sophie to state that she had been unfairly brought into the illegal activities by her brother and other members of The White Rose. Sophie was an idealistic and principled young woman who was adamant in accepting responsibility for her actions. We know all of this because the Nazis kept detailed records. Almost all of the dialog of the film was taken from those records.

In 1943, Sophie, her brother, and a friend were brought before a kangaroo court and convicted of treason. Even their defense attorney was against them and made no effort whatsoever to defend them against the charges. They were taken to prison and immediately beheaded.

This film offers a startling example of how powerless right-minded Germans were in Hitler's times and offers yet another history lesson as to how governments and officials can force their basically good citizens to perform evil acts in the name of the nation.

The DVD offers additional enhancements of interviews with Sophie and Hans Scholl's sister, a relative of Robert Mohr, and a man who was a member of The White Rose.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is a fascinating insight into a dark period in world history. The script is engrossing and the acting superb. It is a worthy two hours of education and entertainment.

Neil Turner
November 20, 2006

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days