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Awwww, Simon. That was beautiful. Can't wait for spiderman far from home review. welovemovies. A hidden life free movie full. -Has JoJo -Has Nazis You done memed yourself Taika Watiti. There's no escaping us. I'm so sick of finding used cotton buds around the house. A hidden life free movie youtube. “why does nature vie with itself?” i felt that. I've seen it. It's good. You should watch it. True human heroes are born when the situation calls for it. Archie's here to restore all our faith in Jesus, y'all... A hidden life free movie free. EXCLUSIVE: Terrence Malick ’s Cannes Film Festival competition drama A Hidden Life has been hailed as an impressive return to form for the U. S. writer-director. Buyers immediately began circling after the film’s debut here yesterday, and Fox Searchlight has come out on top for U. S and a number of international markets in a highly competitive situation. According to sources, deal is pegged at $12 million-$14 million and was hatched overnight with CAA Media Finance and Mister Smith. Paramount, Focus, A24, Netflix and others were among buyers hot on the trail. The deal is one of the biggest ever at a market for a movie shot in Germany. The English- and German-language film charts the moving true story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter (played by August Diel), a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, Valerie Pachner, Jurgen Prochnow, Alexander Fehling and the late Bruno Ganz also star. Related Story Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor's All-Star 'Breaking News In Yuba County' -- Cannes A Hidden Life is Malick’s first film to play in Cannes’ Competition lineup since 2011’s drama The Tree of Life, and many critics are calling it his best film since that Oscar nominee. Malick attended the premiere Sunday which was greeted by a roughly five-minute standing ovation. Mister Smith is handling foreign sales. France, Germany and Scandinavia were among the few markets already gone. Producers are Grant Hill, Dario Bergesio, Josh Jester and Elisabeth Bentley. The film was in post-production for almost three years as the meticulous auteur spent his time getting the movie just as he wanted. Cannes business has been solid so far. The excellent quality of the festival lineup has helped augment business in the market, which is awash with packages. Projects such as Moonfall, Down Under Cover, Operation Mincemeat, The Climb, Les Miserables, Sorry We Missed You, Harry Haft, Misanthrope and The Power of the Dog are just a handful of those to have garnered serious attention from buyers. Festival titles such as Rocketman, Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, and hard-hitting French drama Les Miserables are among those being talked about as potential awards-season contenders. Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse has also drawn raves. Palme d’Or entrants Pain and Glory and Les Miserables are likely to feature in some form come this weekend’s prize ceremony.
Ended up renting this movie - by the time I finished it I bought it. Great feel good movie all around. A Hidden Life Free movie page. The soundtrack from that clip is wonderfully enchanting. I haven't seen one comment yet about how the husband is a guilty party too. Women love to blame the other woman, without looking at the husband first. The other woman is the OTHER WOMAN. Your husband is your HUSBAND. He's the one that's been with you for years. You should be wondering how your husband actually felt about you all those years. I also feel that, if you LOVE two people go with the second person, because if you actually loved the first person, another person wouldn't be a problem. ALSO THIS MOVIE CAME OUT IN 2009. Some people are like how they saved money. its already online. just my opinion...
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In its depiction of the life of an Austrian farmer who refused to sign an oath of loyalty to Hitler or to fight in an unjust war, Terrence Malick's ( Song to Song" nearly three-hour film, A Hidden Life, reminds us of the power of moral and spiritual commitment. Based on the exchange of letters between Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl, The Young Karl Marx. and his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner, The Ground Beneath My Feet. it is a sublime portrait of a man compelled to call upon his last reservoir of strength to maintain his commitment, knowing that his act of conscience will do nothing to stop the war and will put his family and his own life at risk.
The film opens in 1939 in the village of St. Radegund in Austria where Franz lives a simple life with his wife and their three daughters. Devout Catholics, they live in a close-knit community, gathering in the local pub on Saturday nights and in church on Sunday mornings. In the rich poetic style Malick is known for, we see fields of grain, pristine flowing streams, awe-inspiring mountain vistas, and children running and playing, as gorgeously photographed by cinematographer Jörg Widmer ( The Invisibles" and enhanced by the music of James Newton Howard ( Red Sparrow. To remind us of the context, we view grainy newsreel footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938, an event that foreshadowed the start of World War II less than two years later.
It is clear to Jägerstätter that every able-bodied Austrian man will be forced to sign an oath pledging their allegiance to the Führer but Franz, whose father fought and died in World War I, asks Fani, Oh my wife, what has become of our country? In 1940, Jägerstätter is conscripted into the Wehrmacht, but is twice sent home on the grounds of his "reserved civilian occupation" as a farmer. He refuses to obey a third order, however, recalling a dream in which he saw a train carrying hundreds of Hitler Youth to their death as a warning of the evil of Nazism. In his writing Jägerstätter says that, for him, to fight and kill people so that the godless Nazi regime could conquer and enslave ever more of the world's peoples would mean becoming personally guilty."
Since a referendum was held on April 10, 1938 in which an astonishing 99.73 percent of Austrians voted in favor of joining the Third Reich, it is not surprising that Franz receives little support from his neighbors or from the local priest (Tobias Moretti, Cold Hell. A religious man, Franz turns to the Diocesan Bishop of Linz, Joseph Calasanz Fliesser (Michael Nyqvist, Frank & Lola" for support but is told by the Bishop that it is not his task to decide whether the war was righteous or unrighteous. In a powerful scene, a man (Johan Leysen, Claire Darling" who paints murals of a happy Christ on a church ceiling laments the fear that has kept him from painting Jesus' suffering on the cross.
In prison, Malick captures Jägerstätter's humanity when he helps a prisoner get up from the ground after a beating and when he sneaks an extra slice of bread to a hungry prisoner. When one of Franz' final judges played by the late Bruno Ganz ( Amnesia" suggests that the prisoner's principles will change nothing and that if he signs the oath he will go free, Franz smiles and says that he is already free. Though his mother, friends, and relatives try to change his mind, only Fani stands by him saying, If I hadn't stood by him, he wouldn't have had anyone at all." It is only later when he is in a Berlin prison, condemned to die as a traitor, that she begs him to sign a loyalty oath.
Malick's point of view, however, is clear and unmistakable as stated in the quote from author George Eliot shown in the film:
"For 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."
54 years later, on May 7, 1997, Jägerstätter verdict was annulled by the District Court of Berlin and his martyrdom was officially confirmed by the Vatican ten years later. His beatification took place in St. Mary's Cathedral in Linz in October, 2007 and he is now referred to as Blessed Franz Jägerstätter. How many people in power today who face the same accounting will be remembered for their acts of conscience.
I LOVE this cast but the 1994 version will always have my heart.
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The main character speaks perfect German, yet he speaks English in this film. Lets not forget Hans Zimmer is in this movie. So we going to see and listen to something Special. Soon theres going to be a movie with a Russian kid and Joseph Stalin as his imaginary friend.
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That was not a New Zealand accent. That was an American doing a Australian passing it off as a New Zealand accent. =D. Like: A Hidden Life Reply: Life Is Beautiful.
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Yall im still recovering from a walk to remember. A hidden life free movie game. This clip - I need to watch this movie. Terrence Malick ’s “A Hidden Life, ” the true story of a World War II conscientious objector, is one of his finest films, and one of his most demanding. It clocks in at nearly three hours, moves in a measured way (you could call the pacing “a stroll"), and requires a level of concentration and openness to philosophical conundrums and random moments that most modern films don’t even bother asking for. It also feels like as much of a career summation as Martin Scorsese ’s “ The Irishman, ” combining stylistic elements from across Malick’s nearly 50-year filmography, somehow channeling both the ghastly humor and rooted in actual scenes (with beginnings and endings) that longtime fans remember from his early classics “ Badlands ” and “ Days of Heaven, ” and the whirling, fast-cut, montages-with-voiceover style that he embraced in the latter part of his career. It’s one of the year’s best and most distinctive movies, though sure to be divisive, even alienating for some viewers, in the manner of nearly all Malick’s films to one degree or another. Advertisement August Diehl stars as Franz Jägerstätter, a modest, real-life hero of a type rarely celebrated on film. He wasn’t a politician, a revolutionary firebrand, or even a particularly extroverted or even verbose man. He just had a set of beliefs and stuck with them to the bitter end. Living a life that oddly echoed Herman Mellville’s short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener, ” this was a soft-spoken Catholic who refused to serve in the German army, swear a loyalty oath to Hitler, or respond in kind when people said “Heil Hitler” to him on the road. As a result, he suffered an escalating series of consequences that were meant to break him but hardened his resolve. There was only one way that this story could end, as fascist dictatorships don’t take kindly to citizens refusing to do as they’re told. Franz Jägerstätter was inspired by Franz Reinisch, a Catholic priest who was executed for refusing to swear allegiance to Hitler, and decided he was willing to go out the same way if it came to that. It came to that. The film begins in 1939, with a newsreel montage establishing Hitler’s consolidation of power. Franz lives in the small German Alpine village of St. Radegund with his wife Franziska, nicknamed “Fani” (Valerie Pancher), and their younger daughters, eking out a meager living cutting fields, baling hay, and raising livestock. Franz is drafted into the German army but doesn’t see combat. When he’s called up again—in 1943, at which point he and his wife have children, and Germany has conquered several countries, killed millions, and begun to undertake a campaign of genocide that the German people were either keenly or dimly aware of—Franz decides his conscience won’t permit him to serve in combat. He objects to war generally, but this one in particular. It’s not an easy decision to make, and Malick’s film gives us a piercing sense of what it costs him. The effect on Franz's marriage is complex: apparently he was an apolitical person until he met Fani, and became principled and staunch after marrying her. Now she’s in the agonizing position of suggesting that Franz not put into action the same values he’s proud of having absorbed from her, and that she’s proud of having taught him by way of example. If Franz sticks to his guns, so to speak, he’ll end up in jail, tortured, maybe dead, depriving her of a husband, their children of a father, and the household of income, and subjecting the remains of their family to public scorn by villagers who worship Hitler like a God, and treat anyone who refuses to idolize him as a heretic that deserves jail or death. The situation is one that a lesser film would milk for easy feelings of moral superiority—it’s a nice farmer vs. the Nazis, after all, and who doesn’t want to fantasize that they would have been this brave in the same predicament? —but “A Hidden Life” isn’t interested in push-button morality. Instead, in the manner of a theologian or philosophy professor, it uses its story as a springboard for questions meant to spark introspection in viewers. Such as: Is it morally acceptable to allow one’s spouse and children to suffer by sticking to one’s beliefs? Is that what’s really best for the family, for society, for the self? Is it even possible to be totally consistent while carrying out noble, defiant acts? Is it a sin to act in self-preservation? Which self-preserving acts are acceptable, and which are defined as cowardice? We see other people trying to talk Franz into giving up, and there's often a hint that his willingness to suffer makes them feel guilt about their preference for comfort. When Franz discusses his situation early in the story with the local priest, he’s not-too-subtly warned that it’s a bad idea to oppose the state, and that most religious leaders support Hitler; the priest seems genuinely concerned about Franz and his family, but there's also a hint of self-excoriation in his troubled face. A long, provocative scene towards the middle of the movie—by which point Franz is in military jail, regularly being humiliated and abused by guards trying to break him—a lawyer asks Franz if it really matters that he’s not carrying a rifle and wearing a uniform when he still has to shine German soldiers’ shoes and fill up their sandbags. Everywhere Franz turns, he encounters people who agree with him and say they are rooting for him but can’t or won’t take the additional step of publicly refusing to yield to the the Nazi tide. The film’s generosity of spirit is so great that it even allows some of the Nazis to experience moments of doubt, even though they’re never translated into positive action—as when a judge (the late, great Bruno Ganz, in one of his final roles) invites Franz into his office, questions him about his decisions, and thinks hard about them, with a disturbed expression. After Franz gets up from his chair and leaves the room, the judge takes his seat and looks at his hands on his knees, as if trying to imagine being Franz. That, of course, is the experience of “A Hidden Life, ” a film that puts us deep inside of a situation and examines it in human terms, rather than treating it a set of easy prompts for feeling morally superior to some of the vilest people in history. What’s important here is not just what happened, but what the hero and his loved ones were feeling while it happened, and the questions they were thinking and arguing about as time marched on. What makes this story an epic, beyond the fact of its running time, is the extraordinary attention that the writer-director and his cast and crew pay to the mundane context surrounding the hero’s choices. As is always the case in Malick’s work, “A Hidden Life” notes the physical details of existence, whether it’s the rhythmic movements of scythes cutting grass in a field, the shadows left on walls by sunlight passing through trees, or the way a young sleeping child’s legs and feet dangle as her father carries her. In a manner reminiscent of “Days of Heaven, ” a great film about labor, Malick repeatedly returns to the ritualized action of work—behind bars or in the village—letting simple tasks play out in longer takes without music (and sometimes without cuts), and giving us a sense of how personal political struggles are integrated into the ordinariness of life. There are countless fleeting moments that are heartbreaking because they’re so recognizable, and in some cases so odd yet mysteriously and undeniably real, such as the scene where Franz, in military custody, stops at a cafe with two captors and, on his way out, straightens an umbrella propped against the doorway. Moments later, there’s a shot from Franz’s point-of-view in the backseat of a car, the open window framing one of his escorts doing a weird little dance on the sidewalk—something he probably does all the time whether he’s wearing a Nazi uniform or plainclothes. Franz Rogowski, the star of " Transit, " has a small, wrenching role as Waldlan, a fellow soldier who also becomes a conscientious objector. With an economy that’s dazzling, Rogowski and Malick establish the profound gentleness of this man, with his sad, dark eyes and soft voice, and an imagination that leads him to monologue on red and and white wine, and pose two straw men meant for bayonet practice as if they were Malickian lovers necking in a field. Every minute brings a new revelation, nearly always snuck into a scene sideways or through a back door, its full power registering in hindsight. Not a day has passed since first seeing this film that I haven't thought about the moment when a prisoner who's about to be executed turns to a man standing next to him, indicates the clipboard, paper and pen that he's been given for last words, and asks, "What do I write? " The film also shows regular citizens identifying with government bullies, and getting a thrill from inflicting terror and pain on helpless targets. The closest Malick, a New Testament sort of storyteller, comes to outright condemnation is when “A Hidden Life” shows German soldiers (often appallingly young) getting up in Franz’s face, insulting and belittling or physically abusing him with a sneering gusto that only appears when a bully knows that his target can’t fight back. (“Schindler’s List” was also astute about this. ) There's an unexpectedly elating quality to the red-faced impotence of Nazis screaming at Franz while he's bound up at gunpoint, cursing him and insisting that his protests mean nothing. If they mean nothing, why are these men screaming? The phenomenon of ordinary citizens investing their pride, their sense of self-worth, and (in the case of men) their fantasy of machismo in the person of a single government figure is one that many nations, including the United States, understand well. Malick doesn’t give interviews, but I don’t think we’d need one to understand why he would release a film like this in 2019, at a time when the United States is being torn apart over the issue of obedient support of an authority figure, and have the dialogue alternate German with English. But the film is rich and sturdy enough to transcend the contemporary one-to-one comparisons that it is sure to invite—and it’s not as if we haven’t seen this scenario elsewhere, before and after World War II, or will never see it again. The social dynamics presented here are timeless. And yet, improbably, “A Hidden Life” is a tragic story that doesn’t play solely as a tragedy. The misery endured by Franz, Fani and their children is presented as a more extreme version of the pain everyone suffers as the byproduct of life on earth. The rumbling buzz of bombers passing over the village are of a piece with the arrival of the American warships in Malick's " The Thin Red Line " to take Pvt. Witt away from his pacifist paradise and into the war zone, and the English galleons signaling the impending colonization of Powhatan lands in " The New World, " and the shots of cops and Pinkertons creeping up on the fugitive heroes of "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven" just when they were able to lose themselves in personal paradise. Did God create suffering, and evil? If so, why? And why do suffering and evil inflict themselves arbitrarily and unequally? Is the test of endurance and faith the point of injustice and pain? If so, is that point a defensible one? Why be moral at all if morality can be neutered by force, and the powerful are inoculated against consequences that sting rest of us? Malick offers no answers. As Fani tells us near the end of the tale, all questions will be answered in time. So we wait. Advertisement.
All the love parts are perfection portraited, but when the war starts all characters are unrelatable. Mom -How do you know how to do this? Son -YouTube That is real talk right there !😂😂.
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I remember walking out the cinema after seeing this and saying wow that was something, really amazing, I turned to my brother who said. What the fuck was that. Thats true art. A Hidden Life Free movies. When I see this the bit with the sheep is really shocking. Everyone wants to imagine themselves the hero in a movie about heroes. Not everyone wants to consider what it would take to do what’s right when nobody may ever know — when their actions will be hidden. A Hidden Life is not a hero’s story. Instead of battlefield valor or underground daring, the latest film from Terrence Malick ( The Tree of Life, Badlands, Days of Heaven) is a tale of something much more difficult to emulate: goodness and courage, without recognition. It’s about doing what’s right, even if it seems the results hurt more than they bring good to the world. It’s set during World War II, but our Austrian protagonist Franz Jägerstätter, based on a real-life conscientious objector, does not save Jews from Nazis or give rousing speeches. In the end, what he’s done counts for what seems like very little. A Hidden Life is Malick’s most overtly political film and one of his most religious, urgent and sometimes even uncomfortable because of what it says — to everyone, but specifically to Christians in places where they’re the majority — about the warp and weft of courage. It’s a film that seems particularly designed to lodge barbs in a comfortable audience during an era of rising white nationalism. Jägerstätter could have lived a peaceful life if he’d simply ignored what was happening in his homeland and been willing to bow the knee to the fatherland and its fascist leader, whose aim is to establish the supremacy of Franz’s own people. But though it will bring hardship to his family and the harshest of punishments to himself, he simply cannot join the cause. The question A Hidden Life then forces us to contemplate is an uncomfortable one: Does his life, and his death, even matter? A Hidden Life tells a story that might never have mattered If you haven’t heard of Jägerstätter (played by August Diehl), well, that’s sort of the point. He was not, by most measures, a remarkable man. An Austrian farmer in a small village, with a beloved wife Franziska (Valerie Pachner), several small, towheaded children, and aspirations for a quiet life, Franz wrote no books, made no films, led no movements. He was, in a word, ordinary. Jägerstätter did eventually become better recognized for his part in the war. In 1964, the American sociologist Gordon Zahn wrote his biography, titled In Solitary Witness. Thomas Merton included a chapter about him in his 1968 book Faith and Violence. An Austrian TV series told his story in 1971, and in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI declared him a martyr. He was beatified on October 26 of that year. But he is no household name for most people, and his life was profoundly unspectacular, save for the way he swam against the current. His pastoral life at home is interrupted by the rise of the Third Reich. Franz does his military service at a base, away from the war, without seeing combat, and soon is sent home to his happy family. But Hitler adulation is rising, and it creeps into their small village. Soon, people are greeting one another with “Heil Hitler. ” A quiet life. Iris Productions Franz has heard what is happening in war — the exterminations, the persecution and slaughter of innocents — and he becomes certain that his faith will not permit him to participate if called to active military service again. His conscience might have permitted him to serve in a hospital, but for one thing: All Austrian soldiers are required to swear an oath of loyalty to Hitler. And he refuses. It’s a true story, and a simple one, but couched in Malick’s signature style, it becomes something more lyrical and pastoral. The home that the Jägerstätters share is in a place that looks, quite literally, like paradise, all green and gray and sunshine. Even their hard labor on the farm takes on significance: This is good land, and what it produces is good, too. The life they live has importance, as part of the larger creation. When Franz realizes he cannot yield, though, he and his family become pariahs, spat upon and shunned by most of their neighbors. Love of their country means love of Hitler, and everyone around them, even Franz’s mother, is willing to accept this. Hitler, they say, only wants to help his country and his people, who were in degenerate shambles before he came to restore order. “He did what he had to do, ” an old man from the village proclaims in the town square. “He was not content to watch his nation in a state of collapse, ” he says, deriding the “foreigners” who turned their homeland into “Babylon. ” How could anyone object to that who truly loved his home? Much of the film’s nearly three-hour runtime is devoted to the couple’s wrestling with Franz’s conviction. You can see why. From the distance of history, it’s easy to imagine that we all would do what he did, that we would see evil for what it is and resist it. At the time, though, people accuse him of being conceited, of sticking to principle because he feels he’s above everyone else, of harming his family and his village needlessly. “Don’t you think you ought to consider the consequence of your actions for them? ” someone asks him. Even the ministers agree. Yet Jägerstätter stands firm. A Hidden Life is designed to discomfit the audience A Hidden Life is not, primarily, a valorization of the life of Franz Jägerstätter, who lived in private and died in obscurity when the Reich executed him in 1943. It is, instead, a surprisingly pointed indictment of the audience by Malick, who has no punches to pull. I happen to know this film has been in the works for many years. I had conversations about the project five or six years ago, when I worked at Christianity Today; that’s only worth saying because A Hidden Life feels as if it could have been written last year, a movie created in direct critique of our age, in which radical right-wing nationalist sentiment and white supremacy too often cloaks itself in the disguise of Christianity. Will your life matter if you die? Reiner Bajo/Iris Productions In this film, swearing allegiance to Hitler — and, more importantly, to his nationalist ideals — is frequently compared to bending the knee to the Antichrist. That’s not a small matter, but Malick (not normally known for his left hook) seems to have come out swinging. Franz’s faith is not showy, but he is horrified when he consults his village priest and he stops short of condemning the Third Reich. The bishop, too, glosses over the issue when Franz comes seeking counsel. “The priests call them heroes, even saints, ” Franz says of the way the clergy speak of those who engage in the Third Reich’s military atrocities. There’s no way this is an accident. A Hidden Life may have been in the works for years, and it tells a story from nearly eight decades ago, but it is the work of an American filmmaker who is watching the state of the world. When Franz resists his neighbors’ pleas to make nice with the government, there’s a purpose. When he says Christ’s example will not let him swear fealty with his mouth and believe something else in his mind and heart, he is doing something that would seem daring today in the churches of America or Europe, in those places where to be Christian is construed to mean supporting a xenophobia Christ never would have stood for. As a longtime observer of Malick’s work (though I’ve found his post- Tree of Life films lacking), I was startled to see just how biting A Hidden Life is, particularly toward any Christians, or others, who might prefer their entertainment to be sentimental and comfortable. In one scene I can’t get out of my mind, an artist painting images in the nearby church tells Franz, “I paint their comfortable Christ, with a halo on his head … Someday I’ll paint the true Christ. ” The implication is painfully clear — that religious art prefers a Jesus who doesn’t accost one’s sensibilities, the figures who make us feel good about ourselves. We want, as the painter puts it, to look up at the pictures on the church’s ceiling and “imagine that if they lived in Christ’s time, they wouldn’t have done what the others did” — in other words, if we had been around when Jesus was, we’d have known better than to execute him. When, of course, most of us most likely would have just gone along with the crowd. A Hidden Life revisits some of Malick’s most deeply seated themes It’s an especially interesting story for Malick to tell. The filmmaker is strongly influenced by his Christianity, but also by the philosopher Martin Heidegger. In 1969, Malick published the authoritative translation of Heidegger’s The Essence of Reasons, just as he was abandoning a doctorate at Harvard on Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein. His films often hew closely to and examine — in both narrative and form — ideas about the essence of humanity and phenomenology advanced by Heidegger. (You can detect as much Heidegger as the Bible in The Tree of Life. ) But Heidegger, whose philosophy often feels unusually gentle and empathetic to the human condition, also famously joined the Nazi Party on May 1, 1933, shortly after being elected rector of the University of Freiburg (and about a decade before Jägerstätter’s execution), and he remained part of the party until the end of the war. For most people of goodwill who find Heidegger’s work valuable (and I include myself here), his apparently willing association with the Nazi Party is confounding and infuriating. How could a man who wrote those ideas apparently ignore what was happening around him? Or, worse, condone it? There are few answers, though people have been wrestling with them for decades. It is at least one lens through which to read Malick’s imagined scene between Jägerstätter and a Nazi Party official, in which Franz tells the official that he does not condemn anyone, assuming that some swore their allegiance to Hitler and find themselves in a position from which they cannot back away. It’s a troubling scene, one that indicates Malick’s main interest is in Jägerstätter and not in parsing out the ethics of everyone in the entire Nazi apparatus — but it does read as the filmmaker’s own wrestling with the thinker’s legacy. August Diehl and Valerie Pachner in A Hidden Life. Which is why Jägerstätter strikes me as in some ways a necessary corrective to our valorization, and particularly American Christians’ valorization, of figures like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Corrie ten Boom. Both of them are rightly admired, praised, and lauded for their attempts to take down Hitler (in Bonhoeffer’s case) and save Jews from being sent to concentration camps (in ten Boom’s). Bonhoeffer died for his efforts; ten Boom lost her sister Betsy in a concentration camp and narrowly escaped death herself. But it is in our human nature to love the story of a person who did great things: saved lives, wrote books, stood against the dictator who wiped out millions of lives. It is less common for us to celebrate a man who threw away a comfortable life and simply refused to do what he knew he could not, and paid with his life. Instead, A Hidden Life dares us to imagine that the latter is at least as important as the former — and maybe more so. A Hidden Life is everything Malick’s devotees could want from a movie: beautiful, poetic, hewing closely (particularly at the end) to films like Days of Heaven and Tree of Life. His camera observes his characters from all angles, sometimes straight on, sometimes from below, sometimes distorted in a wide-angle lens shot close to the face, creating the intimate feeling that we’re experiencing their interior lives rather than just watching passively. Its end, in which Franziska anticipates meeting Franz again — in narration that closely recalls the end of Tree of Life in particular — is a note of hope. Malick concludes, by way of a thesis, with lines from George Eliot’s Middlemarch: 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. Jägerstätter’s refusal to bow the knee looked pointless in his time, but in its own way, it was a kind of heroic act, though not the kind that ordinarily merits the Hollywood treatment. The things that are not so ill with us are because people we’ll never hear about did what they had to do for people they’d never know, and who’d never know them. A hidden life is worth living, and giving up, so that others may live. A Hidden Life premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and is awaiting a release date.
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