A Hidden Life

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72% Audience Score72%
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    A film that I assume is dedicated to all those 'hidden' heroes, whose lives and valourous deeds have never been known or heard. Beautifully portrayed and filled with breathtaking shots, it is certainly worth seeing.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Writer/director Terrance Malick swings for the fences, trying to make his magnum opus; a perfect film, an epic film large in boyh scale and runtime and largely suceeds in making his best film yet, more mature and nuanced than The Tree Of Life or The Thin Red Line. Certainly the 1917 I was asking for. 9.75/10!
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Malick is back with another beauty. Franz and Fani Jägerstätter are a couple living as farmers in a mountain area in Austria. It's World War II, but Franz is not up for joining Hitlers forces. He does not share the mentality and he confronts people that support the ideologies. They confront him back and after a while of staying away from duty he is taken in and jailed for his non-cooperation. We see his story and the life of his wife and three little girls. It looks very good and very Malickly. Shots not showing faces, often moving. Great nature and sounds from wind, grass and leaves while soft ambient music is pleasuring your ears. The colors and the slow moving of the camera is nice and for the first time in a while the story is linear. This is the last film from both the late great Bruno Ganz and Michael Nyqvist. Two recent big losses of cinema. There is problems here - major ones. The drama and tension seem absent for long moments. The film itself is way to long and I really find it hard to keep focus on it, wven if I try really hard. It's just too flat, repitative, silent and soft. The beauty and four years of editing does not make up for the presentation - even if the story itself is both interesting, based on true events and something fairly original. Good performances is no shock and you kind of demand that in a Malick flick. Malick has been more prolific the last 10 years - maybe he sould go back to less frequent moviemaking? This is in many ways like his latest films, very slow and truly amazing to look at. This was too long for me. 5 out of 10 scythes.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Nowadays, it´s rare finding a movie endowed with drama and amazing photography that exposes actual repercussions of the Nazi Regime on its country´s society with the capability to expose situations, such as, the limits on the right to individual freedom or even freedom of expression on abolished conscription.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Though much longer than it needs to be, another gem based on nazi Germany's innocent civilians and victims is captured with sentimentality and awe inspiring, visually pleasing cinematography.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    absolutely visually stunning, and emotionally challenging... found myself still thinking about it, days after watching... what would 'I' do... ? One of the most important films to come out, ever...
  • 0.5 of 5 stars
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    As a film maker on movies from the Matrix trilogy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and beyond, I found this film unwatchable. I was truly looking forward to this film, and luckily I didn't have to pay for the screening as I couldn't even finish the first 30 minutes; and I really tried. The film is shot on almost ALL wide lenses, and the camera never stays in place for the audience to absorb what is happening. I truly hope the DP Director of Photography NEVER makes another film. I'll certainly never see one of his horrible mistakes again...
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    One the most beautiful films I've ever seen. I feels like watching a prayer.
  • 2.5 of 5 stars
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    Christopher Plummer once famously recounted of his time with Terrence Malick on the set of "The New World," "the problem with Terry, which I soon found out, is that he needs a writer. Desperately." It certainly has been a minute since we've seen Malick go the semi-traditional narrative route. Narratively experimental films like "The Tree Of Life," "Knight Of Cups" & "Song To Song" have confounded and frustrated both critics and normies alike. With "A Hidden Life," though, Malick seemingly gets back to the basics. One protagonist, one conflict, one point. Is it beautiful to look at? You bet. Is it well performed? Incredibly so. Are there things to cut? The cup runneth over. Oh, sweet God, does the cup runneth over. I'm not one to undermine the thematic potential in flux here. This is a tremendously powerful and admirable story of conviction and doing what feels right, despite what the world tells you. There are fascinating musings on God, duty and the folly of man all throughout. Typical Malick stuff. It's just that there's also so much filler here that could've been left on the cutting room floor. Establishing shots. Scenes of characters farming and performing menial tasks. Even entire arcs featuring ancillary characters could have been left to the wayside. And I get it. This is the Malick way, baby. It's how he's been doing things forever. But when we start talking about hours (literal HOURS) to trim off your runtime? C'mon, man. This is a frustrating watch to be sure, for there's so much that really does work. Yet all I can do is hear those words from Christopher Plummer echoing in my head into infinity.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    A Hidden Life shows the sad story of a hero who wouldn't fight with the Nazis. This movie is visually stunning and great acting. Though the story could have been made in shorter run time, this is a slow movie that has a big impact on the stories of many unknown heroes in this world. I would recommend this movie.