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
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 »
I thought that we could build our nest high up, in the trees. Fly away, like birds - to the mountains.
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The title card at the end of the picture comes from the final sentence of George Eliot's "Middlemarch". See more »
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonín Dvorak)
Performed by The Polish National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Antoni Wit
Courtesy of Naxos
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Art at its Finest
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.
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