189 user 214 critic

A Hidden Life (2019)

1:01 | Trailer
The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.


Terrence Malick


Terrence Malick
1,762 ( 78)
7 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


According to August Diehl, who plays Franz Jägerstätter, he treated the letters, which were sort of source material for the the script, between the husband and wife almost like another script alongside Malick's. 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.
See more »

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 »


Czech Suite
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonín Dvorak)
Performed by The Polish National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Antoni Wit
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
See more »

User Reviews

Art at its Finest
26 April 2020 | by hansenan-217-854041See all my reviews

There are some who will find Malick's most recent masterpiece, A Hidden Life, to be tedious -- and there is no fault in that. The film is long, and, as with Malick's many other beauties, the story comes second to the artistry through which the story is told. The medium is the message here. This fact may seem counter-intuitive when the story is of one of such cultural significance -- a peasant farmer, Franz, puts life and family on the line in favor of his personal faith and ethics, when he refuses to swear loyalty to Hitler. Through beautiful shots, that on their own could be masterful photographs, Malick tells the story of a faith so pure that there appears to alternative other than the choice Franz has made. And yet, this film is not pious. It is a simple story, about a simple man with simple faith, who makes a simple choice of profound significance. If you appreciate costuming, soundtracks, and cinematography, you will appreciate this film. If you care only about story, you will likely find this film to be beautiful but a drag.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 189 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »



USA | UK | Germany


English | German | Italian

Release Date:

17 January 2020 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hidden Life See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,383, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed