Good Movie

*SPOILER ALERT* If you have not yet viewed “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” and plan to do so, you may want to skip this posting until after you have viewed it.

The other day I was in Blockbuster when I happened on a film entitled “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days”. I had learned about Sophie Scholl, who led the White Rose non-violent resistance movement, while in Munich last summer, and decided to watch the movie. Sophie was a 21 year old student at Munich University, and, along with her brother, a professor, and several other students, distributed anti-Nazi pamphlets before being arrested by the Gestapo and executed in Germany in 1943.

“Sophie” is an incredibly powerful film; it should not be watched if you’re expecting an enjoyable experience. It is quite chilling at times. Particularly poweful are the courtroom scene as Sophie and her comrades face trial, and the scene where Sophie’s parents visit her before her execution. Through it all, Sophie maintains a level of bravery that seems almost impossible, and it’s hard for the viewer not to wonder how they would handle themselves in a similar situation.

The movie is also interesting for it’s treatment of Sophie’s faith. At a time when Europeans are generally viewed as secular by most Americans, the movie is unique in it’s unabashedly positive portrayal of Sophie’s Christian faith, which is shown to be a major source of her courage.

As it is a German film, I watched it with English subtitles, but I really didn’t need them. The acting is so amazing that you can follow the storyline even without being able to understand the words.

Obviously, I enjoyed this film, and I heartedly recommend it. It is not a feel good film, but does an admirable job of portraying the bravery of some idealistic students in history’s darkest hour. It is well worth your time.

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