A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

DVD - 2020
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Based on real events, this is the story of an unsung hero, 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 keep his spirit alive.


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Nov 08, 2020

I was very disappointed. It was not brought together. Kind'a hop skip & jump.

Louise Moore

Oct 31, 2020

Beautiful acting, cinematography and music, with a poignant true story of enduring life’s injustices to stand up for what’s right. If you have 3 hours to spare and are ok with your heart being crushed into a million pieces, this movie is for you.

IndyPL_KevinS Oct 15, 2020

Sample quote: "When you give up the idea of surviving at any price, a new light floods in."

Sep 16, 2020

Lost in authenticity with not being filmed in German. Little bit longer than necessary. A Beautiful scenery and choice of music. Acting is superb.

Sep 01, 2020

A slow, elegiac movie about the conflict of conscience and duty. Beautiful scenery mixed with hideous reality.

Aug 22, 2020

Marvelous film - gently told. Beautiful cinematography!! Lovely music!! If you are into wall to wall action, this is not the movie for you. If you enjoy great stories with slow care, this film is hare to beat. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 22, 2020

An agonizingly slow-paced movie. Much too long and depressing. Beautiful photography and music with a powerful message of standing up for what is right. Would not recommend if you are looking for a "feel good" movie.

Jul 26, 2020

This is a tough one to comment on. First, I don't mind a movie when dialogue plays a major role versus some kind of action or activity. That being said, this has a ton of minutes where nothing is being said. Please say something! As you know, it is the story of a man who stands by his convictions even though it may cause him to pay the ultimate price. As someone below said, it can relate in some ways to the times we are in now. For those interested, the scenery was beautiful. I would suggest using the subtitles because on the rare occasion there is something being said, it is being said very quietly and often with a heavy accent.

Jul 11, 2020

Poses some interesting questions. What would you do? Very well done, but is extremely long and agonizingly slow paced.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jun 27, 2020

"If God gave us freewill, then we are responsible for what we do and what we do not do."

Malick has created one of those films; one of the films that should go down in the annals of history; one of the films everyone should see. I wish my brothers and sisters in churches would have the patience to sit through this, to see that one cannot accept the evil all around you in the name of your own safety (or nationalism, or patriotism, or any other -ism); that this is, in fact, evil itself, making you complacent with the vile wickedness of the world.

Franz Jagerstatter died a martyr's death, because he refused to take an oath of loyalty to Hitler. He saw what evil stood before him and decided that he would play no part in it; even when he was told he could serve in a hospital and that the oath was only "symbolic," that "God doesn't care what you say. Only what's in your heart," Franz stood firm.

Then when it came time for him to report to military training, he went, stood before the commanding officer, and refused to raise his hand and speak the oath.

His journey is harrowing, and Malick reveals it to us in his regular, painterly, dream-like fashion. Narrative is a greater focus here than what has existed in his more recent films (apparently, Malick has been quoted as having "repented" of making films without scripts); yet this is still a Terrence Malick film: every frame of it is a Malick film. The dreamy voice-over is here (here motivated by the many, many letters the real Franz and his wife Fani sent one another), along with the romantic undertones, only glimpsed, never actualized, making us observers into a romantic friendship between two human beings in a way only Malick can achieve.

It's also life-affirming in some way. It's like a less bleak (how, you ask? I do not know) version of Scorsese's Silence; here the silence of God is taken as a sign of his goodness, almost like a parent standing by and nodding in approval of a difficult but correct decision their child has made. Here Franz and Fani know that the difficult decision they have made is the right one; they know that some times doing the right thing is the hard thing.

I do not know if Malick intended this as a commentary upon today's world; I do not know if this film is somehow a reflection of Trump's America, a reflection of Trumpian Evangelical Christianity; all I know is, at the end of the film, all of the characters who mocked the decision Franz Jagerstatter made as cowardly, look ashamed of themselves.

"It is better to suffer injustice than to do it."

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