Sophie Scholl (2005)

Score: 7/10.

Today’s film is a drama by Marc Rothemund:  “Sohie Scholl” is a heartbreaking drama based on the real life events and the activities of the White Rose resistance group.

Sophia Magdalena Scholl[1][2] (9 May 1921 – 22 February 1943) was a German student, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich with her brother Hans. As a result, they were both executed by guillotine.

In February 2005, a movie about Scholl’s last days, Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days), featuring actress Julia Jentsch in the title role, was released. Drawing on interviews with survivors and transcripts that had remained hidden in East German archives until 1990, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in January 2006. For her portrayal of Scholl, Jentsch won the best actress at the European Film Awards, best actress at the German Film Awards (Lolas), along with the Silver Bear for best actress at the Berlin Film Festival.

You can watch it on LoveFilm.


Where do we go now?

Score: 7/10.

I decided to make this technical, “boring” blog more fun 🙂 So from now on, I will occasionally write about the films I am watching. Today’s film was “Where do we go now?” by Nadine Labaki. A few years ago I watched her first film, “Caramel” in the cinema, which was a surprisingly well directed film. Labaki was not just the film’s director, script writer, but she also played the main character in the film.

Last year she made another great film, “Where do we go now?”, with the same roles above, but this time the script was written in collaboration with another four people. The movie is about a group of Lebanese women trying to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village. It is a colourful, fun, dramatic story.

I found the movie’s trailer a bit of a spoiler, but if you want to see it, here it is: