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Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life is filled with deep and challenging treasures

Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Dieh), who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer, a devout Catholic, is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Franziska (Valerie Pachner) and children that keeps his spirit alive.

With Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, you will either be deeply moved as I was, wanting to give Malick (who both wrote and directed the film) a “Holy High Five” for again being the spiritual master of Hollywood filmmakers, or instead, putting your head in your hands thinking, “Ayeyeye, not again. Malick has fallen prey again to voice over whispering and dreamy cloud watching with no discernible plot.” Rotten Tomatoes‘ consensus among critics reads, “Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees — but for viewers on Malick’s wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.”

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