A Hidden Life Reviews

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December 23, 2019
"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.
December 23, 2019
A Hidden Life is the perfect vessel for Malick to explore the nature of morality with a keen sense of focus absent from his past few films.
December 23, 2019
Vexing and infuriating, and made all the more so by how stupefyingly stunning the entire picture is, "A Hidden Life" needed someone to pull the visionary behind the camera back from some of his more indulgent fantasies.
December 22, 2019
Malick doesn't want to cheapen Franz's story by sentimentalizing it as most Hollywood productions would surely do. But in going to the opposite extreme, he risks reactions of indifference, which is tragic.
December 21, 2019
My #1 movie of 2019.
December 21, 2019
An immersive story of a conscientious objector to the Nazis, his wife who supported him, and the community who didn't.
December 21, 2019
A staggering work from a master filmmaker.
December 21, 2019
[Terrence Malick] has a clear and compelling story that just happens to fit in nicely with his unique style and the end result is both one of the very best films of 2019 and easily Malick's most satisfying work since The Tree of Life.
December 20, 2019
No one quite captures nature's beauty and slowness as well as Terrence Malick does, but his mastery only barely saves this three-hour-long story that's full of misery, despair, and hopelessness.
December 20, 2019
Apart from some clever use of old newsreel footage, the film's three hours must be spent with distantly murmuring folks either tilling the earth or staring at the sky.
December 20, 2019
Malick is a master at putting us through the emotional wringer that is the world around us, and A Hidden Life does so with grace.
December 20, 2019
As Franz, August Diehl wordlessly telegraphs the soul searching and emotional agony of his dilemma, a poignant embodiment of moral courage.
December 20, 2019
A Hidden Life offers an opposite stance different from Martin Scorsese's "Silence"... a real-life testimonial of a believer while in the face of persecution, still refuses to step on the Nazi fumie to renounce his faith.
December 20, 2019
The distorted visuals caused by extreme wide-angle lenses seem to reflect the village's warped morality, embracing evil and taunting the one good man in their midst.
December 20, 2019
Quiet and moving. It sticks to the ribs, and not just for its ecstatic message of faith and defiance, but for its stunning cinematography and moving performances.
December 20, 2019
It's a moving and heartfelt tribute to an individual's ideals.
December 20, 2019
Shot with a wide lens and from low angles, it swoops, pulls and pushes its way past its characters, sometimes concerned with what they're doing and at other times not so much.
December 19, 2019
So much of Malick's method appears aimed at distanciation of the audience... We sit outside, staring in, wondering at these strange denizens of a far-away place.
December 19, 2019
The bright line that connects everything in "A Hidden Life" is the connection between Franz and Fani, how their love and their shared belief in the righteousness of his stand support them in the worst of times.
December 19, 2019
[T]he only thing that really matters in this film is this world, and that makes this story all the more challenging, thought-provoking, and emotionally devastating.
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