This is without doubt an excellent film, but it is hard to watch. Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans work covertly against the Nazis, posting out anti-Nazi leaflets, but then he makes the mistake of distributing them personally at the University, and Sophie helps. They are seen and caught, and the bulk of the film focuses on her imprisonment, interrogation and trial. She shows unswerving courage and great skill in arguing her case - that freedom of speech should be allowed and that the state is the criminal, not she - but, of course, to no avail, except perhaps that she impresses her interrogator, a man called Mohr who has a son about her age, and whose arguments against what she says become weaker and weaker as the interrogation continues ; the scenes with Mohr are compelling. But the end is inevitable, the show trial a farce, and she, her brother and a colleague meet their deaths by guillotine. The film ends with stills of the real-life Sophie herself and Hans. The script, acting and direction are entirely appropriate and effective, which makes the film the more powerful. It is a story of the sacrifice of the praiseworthily innocent and because it is true, and the film represents it so convincingly, hard to watch ; but very good nonetheless.