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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
According to producer Grant Hill, the editing is a big puzzle for Terrence Malick as he pulls and exchanges different sequences constantly. See more »
[Talking to his daughter Fani, who is also Franz Jägerstätter's wife, about Franz's imprisonment and the resultant mistreatment that the family is facing]
Better to suffer injustice than to do it.
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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 »
The immutable law that a great story does not make a great movie applies...
The movie tells the moving story of a man sticking to his principles and beliefs until the most extreme consequences; his courage is absolutely remarkable. As much as I respect such an act of courage, this provides too thin a plot too sustain a nearly 3 hours movie. In fact we are offered very long, elegiac sequences of the Austrian mountains, scenes from the bucolic life of a community of peasants living in a small village on those mountains, beautiful shots which look more like fillers than a relevant part of the story.
But the main flaw of the movie for me, the one that created a big disconnect from minute one was to see the actors playing in English; in the context of such a poetic, hyper realistic type of movie, the least thing you would expect is to find Austrian peasants and Nazi soldiers speaking English. The effect was for me as if the actors were telling me: "Ha-ah, we are not the real characters, we don't even speak their language; we are just actors playing them in a movie." I thought this was a gross mistake, one which put me off from the very beginning and prevented me from connecting with the story and its characters.
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