Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Original German Title: Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage
Release Date: February 13, 2005
Directed by: Marc Rothemund
Language: German
Music by: Reinhold Heil & Johnny Klimek
Starring: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Gerald Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke, Florian Stetter, Maximilian Brückner, Johannes Suhm, Lilli Jung, Petra Kelling, Jörg Hube, Franz Staber

Billie Holiday’s Sugar was a hit in the radio in those days.  Sophie Scholl and her friend Gisela Schertling were overjoyed singing the song until Sophie told Gisela that she needs to leave.

Sophie and her brother Hans were getting ready to distribute their sixth leaflet to inform the public and to reach for hope.

Hans decided to deliver the leaflets in the university the following day though getting disapproval from one of their member who considered it as a risk. Despite the commotion, Hans proceed to do so but with the help his sister.

With a small briefcase, Sophie walks across to the main building of Munich University and placed the leaflets beside the lecture rooms.

As she and her brother went floor by floor to place in various classrooms – Sophie still remains with quite a sum of copies that made her does the unthinkable; she pushes the stack of leaflets she had from above as the leaftlets scattered around like charades on the atrium floor.

Unfortunately a janitor spotted and shouted at her.

Caught until the arrival of the Gestapo – to be taken to Munich Stadelheim Prison, where she was interrogated by Gestapo Interrogator Specialist, Robert Mohr.

In the beginning she made up stories of simply passing by the place with her brother and pushed the leaflets as a joke. And her empty briefcase is what she said as to visit her parents in Ulm and to bring some clothes before coming back here.

Court hearings

Further investigation found the Scholl siblings were indeed involved with the distribution of leaflets. Sophie denies the involvement with the White Rose and admitted that this leaflets are her doings.

Heil Hitler!!

Sophie challenged the Gestapo law as simply inciting that there are freedom of speech to converse and speak but at that moment, she finds things have change because of the hegemonic party.

The guillotine.. And that must be Johann Reichhart – German High Profilic Executioner

In 1943, Sophie, Hans and Christoph Probst were charged of high treason for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets and was sent to the guillotine.

Reviewer’s Note:
Based on a true event during the  Nazi regime, where 21 year-old Sophie Magdalena Scholl (Julia Jentsch) and her brother Hans Fritz Scholl (Fabian Hinrichs), who were members of the White Rose Resistance.

 

Left: Hans, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst

An anti-Nazi movement led by a group of German students distributing leaflets securing most University perimeters. The movement was established to protest in a non-violent method against the Nazi regime and ideologies especially when the Nazis has declared war on all Jews.

The movement is famous for distributing anonymous leaflet campaign between mid 1942 until early 1943. Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans and friend, Christoph Probst were caught guillotine for treason.

Munich University’s square now bears the name as Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (Scholl Siblings Square as rememberance of their fighting spirit against inhumane leadership.

These leaflets was renamed as The Manifesto of the students of Munich and was airborned in mid 1943.

Rothemund has made this film an epic on the Sophie Scholl’s fight for justice and freedom for human rights. An interesting historical film that one should watch.

Julia Jenstch has the talent to bring out the character which is similar to Lena Stolze in 1982. But I’m not sure if I could call it a remake because both films are brilliant great!

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