A Hidden Life

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Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees -- but for viewers on Malick's wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.

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Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Cast

August Diehl
as Franz Jägerstätter
Valerie Pachner
as Franziska Jägerstätter
Maria Simon
as Resie Schwaninger
Tobias Moretti
as Vicar Ferdinand Fürthauer
Bruno Ganz
as Judge Lueben
Karin Neuhäuser
as Rosalia Jägerstätter
Ulrich Matthes
as Lorenz Schwaninger
Michael Nyqvist
as Bishop Joseph Fliessen
Jürgen Prochnow
as Major Schlegel
Alexander Fehling
as Fredrich Feldmann
Martin Wuttke
as Major Kiel
Johan Leysen
as Ohlendorf
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  • An exquisitely emotional and thorough account of an individual resisting state fascism.

    Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Eyes may instinctively roll at Malick's fixation with magical dawn and dusk light - confronted by real darkness, the result is his best film in years.

    Jan 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite its faults, the film does indeed succeed in being a species of religious experience. It has a powerful sense of the immanence of life.

    Dec 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You admire this man and his devotion. You're enraged by this man because nobody in the world will know or care about his sacrifice...

    Dec 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "A Hidden Life" is indisputably the finest work Malick has produced in eight years, as an examination of faith, conviction and sacrifice, but also as proof of concept for his own idiosyncratic style.

    Dec 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's an environmental daydream and a human nightmare rolled into one, Mother Nature vs. human nature, and Malick delivers it with purpose.

    Dec 19, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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