A Hidden Life (2019)
January 10, 2020 1:38 PM - Subscribe

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight in the German army or swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler in WWII. Directed by Terrence Malick, based on a true story.

The title is taken from the end of Middlemarch by George Eliot, presented onscreen at the end of the film:
...the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
posted by DevilsAdvocate (4 comments total)

This was my first Malick movie so perhaps I'm just awed by the wide-angle shots, but I loved this. Beautiful and terrible.
posted by adrianhon at 3:13 AM on January 13 [2 favorites]

This is a GREAT lucky choice for first Malick, adrianhon! It's a return to form in focus and subject, amplified by his 21st century innovations in imagery (that swooping panoramic super subjective fisheye-ish lens). Without the baffling experimental phase around his Tree of Life period.
posted by Harry Caul at 10:48 AM on March 10 [1 favorite]

Beautiful. Panoramic intimacy.
posted by sapagan at 12:50 PM on March 16

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