A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

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A Hidden Life

A humble Austrian farmer becomes a conscientious objector when he refuses to fight for the Nazis in this based-on-real-events World War II drama from writer-director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life).

"A hardworking farmer, pious Christian, and devoted husband and father, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) is a respected member of his alpine village, St. Radegund. Franz's Edenic existence begins to wither, however, as war breaks out across Europe, Nazi ideology spreads, and both the church and St. Radegund's mayor start spouting antisemitic dogma. Franz undergoes military training but refuses to swear allegiance to Hitler. When called up for conscription, he becomes a conscientious objector — a decision that will test the limits of his beliefs." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2019Rating: PG, Mild themes and violence173 minsUSA, GermanyEnglish and German with English subtitles
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWar
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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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Those who are worried that this may be typical Malick-ian whimsy – a quilt of images and sound sewn together with wispy voice-over – can rest assured that the narrative is alive and well, and serves to propel the gently engrossing story towards its devastatingly factual conclusion.

5.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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As nearly always with Malick, I adored it. While still wondering what audiences he might reach and how much more accessible – never a sin – he might be if he curbed the privilege his undoubted seniority and status lends him and aimed to make a two-hour film or less, as he once did.

5.0
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FilmInk

FilmInk

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...terribly long and demands a lot from the audience...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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Malick has always been a grandly Romantic artist, in the sense of Romanticism defined by the 19th-century critic Walter Pater: “the addition of strangeness to beauty”. By now, though, some of the strangeness has faded – and some of the beauty as well.

3.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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It's an anachronistic parable for our Trumpian times, sympathetic to lives of moral fortitude lost in the white noise of history. A Hidden Life is a graceful and hauntingly beautiful symphony for the senses that is urgently pertinent. I loved it.

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The Times

The Times

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The ending has real power, too, but much of the rest of the film is just plain dull - gorgeous to look at, but dull.

2.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Unfortunately, instead of embracing the weighty moral, religious and political components of the story, Malick has alternately deflected and minimized them.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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It is admirably serious but static.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Diehl and Pachner are both terrific, mastering Malick’s improvisational style and bringing earthy authenticity to its playful family moments.

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Variety

Variety

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Feels stunningly relevant as it thrusts this problem into the light.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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A lucid and profoundly defiant portrait of faith in crisis.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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A sombre spiritual war epic which surges up to claim its place among the director’s most deeply felt, sturdily hewn achievements.

1
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Those who are worried that this may be typical Malick-ian whimsy – a quilt of images and sound sewn together with wispy voice-over – can rest assured that the narrative is alive and well, and serves to propel the gently engrossing story towards its devastatingly factual conclusion.

5.0
1
Stuff

Stuff

press

As nearly always with Malick, I adored it. While still wondering what audiences he might reach and how much more accessible – never a sin – he might be if he curbed the privilege his undoubted seniority and status lends him and aimed to make a two-hour film or less, as he once did.

5.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...terribly long and demands a lot from the audience...

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Malick has always been a grandly Romantic artist, in the sense of Romanticism defined by the 19th-century critic Walter Pater: “the addition of strangeness to beauty”. By now, though, some of the strangeness has faded – and some of the beauty as well.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's an anachronistic parable for our Trumpian times, sympathetic to lives of moral fortitude lost in the white noise of history. A Hidden Life is a graceful and hauntingly beautiful symphony for the senses that is urgently pertinent. I loved it.

0
The Times

The Times

press

The ending has real power, too, but much of the rest of the film is just plain dull - gorgeous to look at, but dull.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Unfortunately, instead of embracing the weighty moral, religious and political components of the story, Malick has alternately deflected and minimized them.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is admirably serious but static.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Diehl and Pachner are both terrific, mastering Malick’s improvisational style and bringing earthy authenticity to its playful family moments.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Feels stunningly relevant as it thrusts this problem into the light.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

A lucid and profoundly defiant portrait of faith in crisis.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A sombre spiritual war epic which surges up to claim its place among the director’s most deeply felt, sturdily hewn achievements.

1

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