The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
August Diehl ... Franz Jägerstätter
Valerie Pachner ... Fani Jägerstätter
Maria Simon ... Resie Schwaninger
Karin Neuhäuser Karin Neuhäuser ... Rosalia Jägerstätter
Tobias Moretti ... Fr. Fürthauer
Ulrich Matthes ... Lorenz Schwaninger
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Captain Herder
Franz Rogowski ... Waldland
Karl Markovics ... Mayor Kraus (as Karl Marvocics)
Bruno Ganz ... Judge Lueben
Michael Nyqvist ... Bishop Fliesser
Wolfgang Michael ... Eckinger
Johannes Krisch ... Trakl, the Miller
Johan Leysen ... Ohlendorf, the Painter
Martin Wuttke ... Major Kiel
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Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Bl. 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. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violent images. | See all certifications »

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August Diehl described Terrence Malick's process as "search mode". According to Diehl, Malick invites his actors on a search -something not to an answer but to a question. See more »

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[first lines]
Franz Jägerstätter: [narrating] I thought that we could build our nest high up, in the trees. Fly away, like birds - to the mountains.
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Crazy Credits

The title card at the end of the picture comes from the final sentence of George Eliot's "Middlemarch". See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A Hidden Life (2019) See more »

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Sarah Was Ninety Years Old
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Sarah Leonard, Rogers Covey-Crump, John Potter, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Pierre Favre
Published by Universal Edition AG Vienna
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Unlike anything I've ever seen.
16 December 2019 | by jacobsperlingSee all my reviews

I have never seen a film like A Hidden Life. Terrence Malick is known for his unique style, but this is something else. It is one of the most grim, harrowing, mournful films I have ever seen (it should be rated R)-and it is absolutely masterful. I can't even find words to properly describe it. This is a film that you enter, that you experience, you almost feel like you're watching a documentary. Malick's direction is absolutely one of a kind, brilliant, almost spiritual. The acting is phenomenal-August Diehl is terrific, and Valerie Pachner is spectacular, along with excellent supporting performances from all. The cinematography is astounding; jaw-droppingly gorgeous (either this or 1917 for best cinematography of the year), and James Newton Howard's score is beautiful. But what sets this film apart is its emotional brutality- it is heartbreaking, grim, and absolutely brutal. And yet, throughout all of this, the courage, faith and bravery of Franz and his wife, not to mention their three little girls and Franz's mother-is incredibly overwhelming. The film is not without flaws-it's needlessly too long, with some repetitive shots-but that does not take away from the fact that it is fantastic. An incredible film.


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17 January 2020 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,383, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$1,730,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,607,564
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