A Hidden Life

Cinema

Directed by Terrence Malick | 2019 | DE/USA | 2h54 | Certificate 12A

From visionary writer-director Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days from Heaven, The Tree of Life) is this reverent historical epic following a (real) unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Shot in Malick’s trademark style – layering characters’ searching interior monologues over ecstatic footage of the natural world – A Hidden Life offers somewhat more commitment to narrative realism than his recent works, such as Knight of Cups and Song of Songs, presumably in part due to the specificity and seriousness of Jägerstätter’s (August Diehl) story; and has been hailed a return to form.

In mountainous rural Austria, Jägerstätter tends the land with his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner) and delights in their three daughters; a bucolic life full of innocence in contrast to what follows. Called up to fight but repulsed by Nazi ideology, he steadfastly refuses to swear his allegiance to Hitler or otherwise support the war effort and, ostracised by his community, must then face a terrifying fate.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
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