How many great Christian heroes have you seen at the movies? Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons. Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire. That passionate Joan of Arc. Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking. Can you think of others? It's a challenge, because Christian characters are often portrayed as a problem rather than a blessing—and sometimes, it's easy to see why. Christians are, after all, often as prone to misbehavior as anyone else, and we deserve some of the unflattering portrayals that we've seen.
If the real Sophie Scholl was anything like the character played by actress Julia Jentsch in Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, then she deserves a place alongside history's most revered and celebrated Christian women.
The extensive research performed by director Mark Rothemund and screenwriter Fred Breinersdorfer indicates that she was, indeed, a brilliant, brave soul who stood up against the Nazis with fierce determination, making her challengers look ridiculous. Their film about the 21-year-old truth teller is an inspiring testament to faith, passion, and integrity. Sophie Scholl deserved the nomination it received for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
If it comes to a theater near, don't miss it; check the official site for theater listings. The scenes of Scholl's interrogation by Gestapo agent Robert Mohr (Alexander Held) are riveting—we haven't seen a comparable clash between a principled heroine and a determined, malevolent villain since Agent Clarice Starling matched wits with Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. But where Starling and Lecter only met in a few fleeting scenes, this battle of the minds goes on and on, until you're breathless with the heat of it.
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