Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Andre Hennicke, Johanna Gastdorf, Florian Stetter
Written by: Fred Breinersdorfer
Directed by: Marc Rothemund
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: German with English subtitles
Running Time: 117
Date: 02/13/2005
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Far and away the best of the five 2005 Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language film, Sophie Scholl hinges on a superb centerpiece performance by Julia Jentsch. She plays the title character, a co-ed arrested (along with her brother and a friend) in 1943 for distributing anti-Nazi fliers. Like a 20th century Joan of Arc in a red sweater and humble hair clips, she faces her accusers with a fearless slate of cold logic. Director Marc Rothemund stages two "hearings," a private one with investigator Robert Mohr (Alexander Held) and a public one with the more demonic Roland Freisler (Andre Hennicke). Sophie matches the former with her decisive will, but the second, engulfed by Nazi ardor, sees her only as a monster.

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