Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.
An audiovisual beauty like all Malick's films although this is definitely the first one that has a more interesting story to tell since Tree of Life but unfortunately in my opinion its own ambition and pretense of doing something more epic plays against it because A Hidden Life it's a film that greatly extends its stay.
Although Malick doesn't change the formula he has been using both narrative and visually, this story manages to feel different perhaps because unlike films like To The Wonder, Knight of Cups and Song to Song, Malick goes back in time and the visual aura of the film has a more distinctive touch.
Again Malick doesn't seems to demand a lot from his actors because once again the romantic situations feel repetitive but as I said being a more relevant story, this time the interactions feel deeper.
Here the problem as I said is the duration. The film is just a few minutes away from being three hours long and because of the narrative's shape those three hours feels like too much.
I cannot deny that A Hidden Life is a beautiful film, it's a really good film but it's a really long one.
I mean, I completely enjoy it, I would see it again without a doubt but I could definitely cut an hour from it to make it more agile, although I understand this was Malick's vision and desire for the audiences to experience his film.
I repeat, I liked it a lot, it's Malick's most rewarding work since Tree of Life and it's a film that any serious movie lover will enjoy or at least it will give it the chance to be marvel by it.
Studio Babelsberg, Iris Productions, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, TSG Entertainment by Terrence Malick.
Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon.
Genres: Biography, Drama, Romance
Keywords: austria world war ii nazi biography conscientious objector farmer
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