A Hidden Life

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Synopsis

Based on real events, from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, 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 Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Cast

  • August Diehl
  • Valerie Pachner
  • Maria Simon
  • Karin Neuhäuser
  • Tobias Moretti
  • Ulrich Matthes
  • Matthias Schoenaerts
  • Franz Rogowski
  • Karl Markovics
  • Bruno Ganz

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Trivia

  • This is Terrence Malick's first feature film without cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki since The Thin Red Line. However, the German Steadicam operator of the feature films shot by Lubezki, Jörg Widmer, took his place.
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Quotes

    • [Talking to his daughter Fani, who is also Franz Jägerstätter's wife, about Franz's imprisonment and the resultant mistreatment ]
    • Lorenz Schwaninger: Better to suffer injustice than to do it.
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Metacritic

85
Dec 13, 2019

A Hidden Life is both inspiring and heartbreaking, and the result is Terrence Malick’s best film in nearly a decade.

Metacritic review by Chris Tilly
Chris Tilly
IGN
80
May 19, 2019

Terrence Malick often wrestles with the cosmic, the spiritual and the eternal, but with A Hidden Life, the meditative writer-director attacks his usual themes from a rewardingly timely and urgent perspective.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
40
May 19, 2019

Unfortunately, instead of embracing the weighty moral, religious and political components of the story, Malick has alternately deflected and minimized them.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter