Tag Archives: german film

Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage / Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005)

A harrowing and vital historical documentation of the the last days of Sophie (Julia Jentsch) and Hans Scholl’s lives, who were members of the White Rose, a student resistance group formed in Nazi Germany. The film re-enacts their interrogation by the Gestapo and subsequent trial where they were charged for high treason, then executed.

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Toni Erdmann (2016)

In a bid to connect with his ambitious, career-driven daughter, Toni Erdmann (Peter Simonischek) pays her a surprise visit in Romania and disrupts her business dealings. Excruciating at times and heart-warming at others, the film captures the complex dynamics of parent-child relationships in the modern world. A must-see for anyone who thinks Germans don’t have a sense of humour!

Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken / Love in Thoughts (2004)

Based on a true story and set in 1920s Berlin, this is a story of a suicide pact made by friends Günther (August Diehl) and Paul (Daniel Brühl), who are locked in a Shakespearean love quadrangle with the beautiful and unattainable Hilde and scoundrel Hans. Somewhere between Midsummer Night’s Dream and Spring Awakening, we learn how the delusion of youth, living for a fleeting moment of euphoria, is bound to end in tragedy.