Dave's Rating:


… low on histrionics …

Who's in It: Julia Jentsch, Gerald Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs

The Basics: It's the true story of Sophie Scholl, a collegiate anti-Nazi activist in 1943 who was arrested, tried and executed for her efforts. And she doesn't give a big weepy speech at the end like Liam Neeson.

What's the Deal? It's Oscar season, a k a springtime for Hitler. And just when you think they've told all the heroic resistance stories and made you cry for the last time, along comes one like this that seriously earns its keep. It's low on histrionics and full of the kind of quiet seriousness that makes it very difficult for someone like me to mock effectively, so all I can do is earnestly recommend it. And I'm not happy about having to be earnest.

Bummer Alert: Well, she dies, of course, which is depressing. You know that going in. But so did Roberto Benigni in that dopey Life Is Beautiful movie that I know you totally went to see. So suck it up. This is way better.

Pedigree: Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and winner of three German Oscars, or "Lolas."

Why You Are Weak: Because, unlike this woman, you would probably do anything not to be killed by the Nazis. But she was so hard she stood up at her execution and told her killers, "You'll soon be standing where I am now."


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