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A Hidden Life (2019)

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The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
August Diehl ... Franz Jägerstätter
Valerie Pachner ... Fani Jägerstätter
Maria Simon ... Resie Schwaninger
Karin Neuhäuser Karin Neuhäuser ... Rosalia Jägerstätter
Tobias Moretti ... Fr. Fürthauer
Ulrich Matthes ... Lorenz Schwaninger
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Captain Herder
Franz Rogowski ... Waldland
Karl Markovics ... Mayor Kraus
Bruno Ganz ... Judge Lueben
Michael Nyqvist ... Bishop Fliesser
Wolfgang Michael ... Eckinger
Johannes Krisch ... Trakl - The Miller
Johan Leysen ... Ohlendorf - The Painter
Martin Wuttke ... Major Kiel
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Storyline

Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Bl. Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife, Fani, and children that keeps his spirit alive. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violent images. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

30 January 2020 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hidden Life See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,383, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$1,568,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,053,427
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Dolby Atmos | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production was shot digitally on the Red Epic Dragon camera system. The camera was selected for its ability to handle stark contrast within a scene, preserving details in both the highlights and shadows of the image, while still maintaining realistic color. See more »

Quotes

Lorenz Schwaninger: [Talking to his daughter Fani, who is also Franz Jägerstätter's wife, about Franz's imprisonment and the resultant mistreatment that the family is facing] Better to suffer injustice than to do it.
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Crazy Credits

The title card at the end of the picture comes from the final sentence of George Eliot's "Middlemarch". See more »

Connections

Version of Der Fall Jägerstätter (1971) See more »

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Superb film making, Superb Film
24 December 2019 | by felix-rosalezSee all my reviews

Although I didn't agree with the main character not wanting to sign this paper to be released from Nazi prison, I thought the film was outstanding nonetheless.

First the director really put the camera person to work and it worked out just awesome. Being a photographer myself, I love off centered subjects. My subject doesn't have to be right in the center of my photos and some shots were filmed in that style as well. When you see the Nazi guard yelling, there was just music so not only could you not hear the guard screaming but he was a little off to the very right of the shot. I noticed that a lot. I loved the music playing when there was no other sound to some scenes. I also love wide open shots and the mountains and green pasture scenes were magnificent, plus lovely music in the background? Wow, that was mind blowing. I didn't care if it was 3 hours long bcz I was digging the photography and very little dialogue.

I am so glad the director Terence Malick spared any death camp scenes, the film was perfect without the blood and cruelty. The scenes were carefully filmed to depict life in the 40's and the beautiful old buildings, even in the downtown of cities was very realistic.

The main character was a Nazi conscientious objector who could easily signed a document which could have freed him. I personally did not agree with the film and main character but the beautiful poetic reasoning being narrated quickly convinces you and you get to see it through his eyes.

I highly recommend this film, even though it's long, the beautiful photography, narration and portrayal of life in the Austrian mountainside made this film an instant classic.


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