A straight-forward tale of good resisting until the very end against evil. I think though I admire the simplicity of the telling, and the avoiding of hollywoodised grand-standing it still felt a bit too obvious. There's a sense in which our own pleasure in seeing someone heroically stand up to evil avoids a bit of the nuance that could really make this a rich text. It did little to truley affect me.
Oscar nominated picture that traces the final days of the title character, one of the best known members of the White Rose resistance group in WWII Germany. The very idea of losing one's life over the publication of a pamphlet is horrifying. Julia Jentsch gives a powerful turn as Scholl as do Alexander Held (interrogator) and Andre Hennicke as the judge who puts a face on the mindless rhetoric of National Socialism.
There should have been many many many more people of this sort :'(. Especially fear made the majority of Germans look away. Fear did the same in the GDR/DDR until at some point people came together to confront the STASI and without the fear of its people the system of the GDR collapsed as it was based on fear. Let's tell these stories over and over again and apply this knowledge to new threats to the free world.
I'd have watched a way worse movie about the White Rose and anti-fascist resistance. So I appreciate that this one was in no way terrible. Nicely paced, well acted, and - other than the overwrought score - cinematically inoffensive. Easy Sunday night viewing. (Also, may we all be even half as articulate & courageous as those students; the fight ain't nearly over yet...)
Tense, concise, and well made, though Rothemund doesn't do a lot to put a stamp on the story; it's all a little ordinary. Jentsch is great, her remarkable control imbuing her barely perceptible facial tics with genuine meaning. Held is a worthy match as her interrogator, layered and incisive. The story can't help but get an emotional reaction, but two great performances and taut writing ratchet it up that much more.
I'd never heard of her before I watched this, so I'm very thankful for MUBI screening this film. I enjoyed the sharp dialogue between her and her Interrogator. But brave dissenters abound in todays world to. The LGBT community in Russia comes to mind. I admire their true bravery in the face of another obscene ideology masquerading as 'the law'.
I loved this movie. There are films that can make you a braver, better person. I found this one gave me those feelings. This film also dealt with the FINAL DAYS and therefore brought a different knowledge, perhaps for some who never knew how they were some of the worst days for those going through that hell during that time in history.