The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. Written by
In January 2014, the guillotine which was used to behead Sophie Scholl and other opponents of the regime, was rediscovered in the basement of the Bavaria National Museum in Munich. It had been locked away due to its gruesome nature and could be identified without a doubt. The last remaining member of the White Rose group, Franz Josef Müller, 89 years old at the time of the discovery, is against public exhibition of the guillotine, which he thinks to be entertainment. See more »
During the interrogation in which Sophie refers to the mentally ill children: When the interrogator shouts "God does not exist!" and moves to the window, the camera views Sophie from the side. At this stage, her left elbow is on the table, with her left hand hanging down. She then places her right hand on the table. When the camera angle shifts to the front view, her left hand is suddenly on the table, and her right hand is not yet on the table. She lifts it up to push the coffee cup away. See more »
Sophie Magdalena Scholl:
Trucks came to pick up the children at the mental hospital. The other children asked where they were going. "They're going to heaven," said the nurses. So the children got on the truck singing. You think I wasn't raised right, because I felt pity for them?
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OK, first of all. This movie is absolutely not like "the Downfall" (Der Untergang). Sophie Scholl is way more demanding and exacting. Now, 3 days after I've seen this movie, I still got a feeling of guilt and concernment in my stomach. In my opinion Sophie Scholl is due to its precision more like a (replayed) documentary movie than a Drama, which makes it even more "shocking". This is for sure no light entertainment, and those, that don't like long conversations or even are not interested in history, should not watch this movie. This is the main reason, why Sophie Scholl won't make the transatlantic heap, because it's too "special". It's a part of German history and requires a willingness to cope with it.
Marc Rothemund does a very good job on directing this movie, and Julia Jentsch is very convincing. While watching this movie you don't have the feeling that the story is 60 years ago and can't touch you. It makes you feel like you're in the thick of it. And that's why I give a 9/10. Great Movie.
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