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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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The actors went back for repeated voice-over recordings, as the movie changed radically over time. 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 »


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


Dorje Ling
Written and Performed by David Parsons
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Two worlds collide
1 February 2020 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

Finally Terrence Malick is back with a real masterpiece and his best film since "The Tree of Life". Its a film that really gets under your skin if you embrace to it. Malick's longest film is also one of his most emotional and thought provoking ones in a way. We show two different worlds colliding with each other. Malick takes a lot of time to really show the idyllic and peaceful life of Austrian villagers, far away from the cruelty of the world, but collides with it when one of the villagers is called in for war but declines. August Diehl wonderfully plays this real life figure and gives a truly tour de force performance. A performance that is only challenged by Valerie Pachner who is just outstanding, especially in the second half of the film. We got the last roles of Bruno Ganz and Michael Nyqvist, although rather cameos than real supporting roles but thats most of the cast expect for Diehl and Pachner as those two actors play characters that embodie the whole emotions of people that are forced into a war they dont want. Typically for Terrence Malick you are treated with a fantastic cinematography. Unforgettable images of pure and innocent nature. It is fantastic how he links that to the true hell...and combines it (take notice of the constant bird singing in the film) He uses it as its second protagonists and symbol the same time. Also the score by James Newton Howard is fantastic and emotional. It is long yes but except for a section after 2 hours it doesn't feel like it because Malick needs that time to bring the people, their believes and culture close to his audience.

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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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