Enigmatic American auteur Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) has divided critics over recent years with his increasingly impressionistic, philosophical filmmaking. In A Hidden Life Malick applies his distinctive spiritual approach the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl), a conscientious objector in WW2 whose peaceful life with his wife and children in the mountains was shattered when he refused to swear an oath to Hitler.
As visually startling and lyrical as you’d expect, here those distinctive Malickian visuals serve a strikingly relevant political message, an impassioned tribute to the power of principle in a brutal world. Nourishing humanist filmmaking.
“This is the filmmaker on sublime form, putting his artistry and obsessions at the service of something frighteningly relevant” Empire – 4*