Film Review: Sophie Scholl

Director: Marc Rothemund

Cast: Julia Jentsch, Gerald Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs

 

In an oppressive political and/or social climate, where “speaking out” is met and dealt with extreme prejudice, would you? ‘Sophie Scholl, the Final Days’ follows the last days of courageous young girl’s “yes” to this question.

Set in the midst of the Nazi Regime, Sophie Scholl: The Last Days is based on true events. Sophie and her brother Hans, no more than university students, were arrested, tried and then executed for issuing leaflets on campus which were critical of the Nazi regime.

The director, Marc Rothemund, delivers this story in an impactful way. Much like Schindler’s List, the colour scheme is muted enough to make you think the film is black and white. However (again, like Schindler’s List), for much of the movie, Sophie is wearing a bright red jumper. The effect is highly symbolic: she literally presents a splash of life in an otherwise dull environment. The extent to which this colour metaphor applies to her overall situation; a loud voice in a dark and oppressive political environment, is thought-provoking.

Sophie Scholl: The Last Days is as much an inspiration as it was a tragedy. The message portrayed by this true story is clear and as relevant today as it was in World War II: she had the courage to stand up for what she believed to be right no matter what; even at the cost of her own life.

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