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Directed by: Marc Rothemund

Produced: 2005

Countries & Regions: Germany

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: Drakes Avenue via Lace

Length: 115 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 24 April 2006

Cat No: DAP7725

Languages(s): German
Subtitles: English
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Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Sophie Scholl

Cast: Julia Jentsch , Fabian Hinrichs , Andre Hennicke , Maximilian Bruckner , Florian Stetter , Johanna Gastdorf , Gerald Alexander Held , Johannes Suhm , Jorge Hube , Petra Kelling

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This harrowing German drama is based on the real life events surrounding the German White Rose resistance group, an organisation of German students and conscientious objectors who opposed the Nazi regime and the war. In Munich in 1943, student Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) are arrested for handing out leaflets opposing the regime. Subjected to brutal interrogation by Gestapo officer Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), Sophie refuses to break, until Mohr makes it clear that her failure to confess will cost her the lives of her family and friends. The film is based on the actual interrogation transcripts from the Nazi archives.

Sophie Scholl was the most prominent member of the White Rose Movement, the Munich student group who disseminated anti-Nazi propaganda during WW2. Marc Rothemund’s rigorous drama, detailing Scholl’s arrest and interrogation, first appears to have been conceived as a challenge. Can a filmmaker pare his technique down to the barest minimum yet avoid theatricality? And can a film really go under a title like that and still be suspenseful?

The answer is yes to both, mainly as the raw material - Scholl’s story, derived from recently-released transcripts - has been dramatised on every level. Rothemund employs a basic film grammar during the two-handed scenes between Sophie (Julia Jentsch) and her interrogator Mohr (Alexander Held). Any visual flourish registers doubly.

The result is as historically resonant as another recent German chamber piece, Downfall, with a central performance as thoughtful and tenacious as the film itself. As The Edukators suggested, Jentsch is a real discovery: an actress with the ability to suggest not only would she have ideas, but that she would hold onto them, however fragile, and

whatever price her characters might have to pay as a consequence.

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