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A Hidden Life (2019)

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


Terrence Malick


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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Pre-production lasted 10 weeks, followed by an eight-week shoot, with the rest of the nearly-three -year-time in Terrence Malick's post-production facility in Austin. See more »


[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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St Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Kommt, ihr Töchter
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bach-Collegium Stuttgart (as Bach Collegium Stuttgart) and Gächinger Kantorei (as Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart) with Helmuth Rilling
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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A Poetic Film, If it's not your type just ignore it
8 March 2020 | by hossammouseSee all my reviews

Another Terrance Malick film but - thank God - it's not like his last ones. He is back. I was bored of the idea of another Anti-Nazi film but I'm telling you it's not. This is a film about pride, bravery, principles, choice, humanity. As usual from Malick: great shots and cinematography, great monologues, such an incredible soundtrack that deserved an Oscar nomination (also the cinematography). But still the editing got me confused at some scenes, it was a weakness point. The cast are all good especially August Diehl & Valerie Pachner. No cliches, no heroes, just a simple man whose opinion won't affect the war and no one would listen to it, but he is still standing for his principles to make himself and his family proud of himself as a human. A Hidden Life of a hidden family. Some people could get bored quickly so it's simply not for them. They have a lot of films for their taste. It's ok everyone has a taste. Just enjoy and let people enjoy.

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Release Date:

17 January 2020 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,383, 15 December 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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