5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very involving film about conscience and commitment in the face of everything,
This review is from: Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (DVD)
One of the benefits of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany is that many records (and people) that were sealed from the West in East Germany are now available. The story of "The White Rose" and particularly of Sophie Magdalena Scholl, her brother Hans Scholl, and their friend Christoph Probst can now be told. It has been the subject of a couple of projects in Germany. This movie has won several awards and received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for 2006. It is a terrific film. Yes, it is in German, and yes, there are subtitles, but so what. After a couple of minutes you don't even realize you are reading them.
I don't want to take anything away from the experience you will have watching this intense and very meaningful film. But the setup is that five friends had become more than disillusioned with Hitler, the Nazis, and the war in general. They lived in Munich, right in the mouth of the beast, and yet had the guts to form a secret group they called "The White Rose". It published leaflets and wrote graffiti on walls around town.
They push their luck and Hans and Sophie (brother and sister) get caught. The movie is the story of their trial, whether or not they inform on their friends to save themselves, and what happens to them, particularly Sophie, through this process. There is both the physical process as they are charged with high treason, but also the spiritual aspect to Sophie's (and Hans') struggle in this process, as well.
I found the film to be very involving and meaningful. These were quite amazing young people.