|The real Sophie|
The film shows Sophie's resolve as she and her brother distribute leaflets on campus and are arrested. Sophie owns up to her actions and attempts to deflect blame from the other White Rose students. The heart of the film, with its long segments of interrogation and brief "trial," show her defiant commitment to the cause of nonviolently bringing down Hitler.
|Julie Jentsch was wonderfully intense as Sophie.|
No one, regardless of circumstances, can pass divine judgment. No one knows what goes on in the minds of the mentally ill. No one knows how much wisdom can come from suffering. Every life is precious!Powerful words indeed from the lips of a 21-year-old college student. (Much of the film is based on trial transcripts. I don't know if these words actually were spoken by Scholl, but they certainly reflect her motivation in opposing the Nazis, belief in the dignity of all people and objection to Hitler's mass killings.)
I loved this movie. Because so much of the story plays out in the interrogation room, Sophie's cell, and at the trial, it's dialogue heavy and light on action. Although clearly committed to the historical record, the events provide plenty of drama to keep this from feeling like a dull documentary. This is definitely one worth watching.
Bottom line, 3 1/2 stars.