During World War II’s devastating conflict, there were those who chose to accept, or at the very least tolerate, the totalitarian regime Adolf Hitler and the Axis powers were proposing as a form of world government. And then, there were those who resisted with heroic acts that supported the Allied front of this most horrific period of combat. This is the story that director Terrence Malick’s latest film, A HIDDEN LIFE, tells through eyes of Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl.)
A true story of courage and conviction during wartime, A HIDDEN LIFE sees Jägerstätter as a peasant farmer interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, and ultimately the drama takes us through his grueling struggle as he rejects to submit to the Third Reich’s demands of himself and his soul.
History has only proven to provide legendary director Malick with yet another palette to weave his visual and tonal mastery upon, as A HIDDEN LIFE attempts to capture the joy and pain of Franz Jägerstätter, and those that he loves and holds dear, in the midst of a tumultuous conflict.
Joining actor August Diehl, who audiences will undoubtedly recognize from Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, is a wide-ranging cast, including the late Bruno Ganz and Michael Nyqvist in their final performances, as well as emerging talent Valerie Pachner, who delivers a career-making turn as Jägerstätter’s wife.
Though, some may know the true story of Franz Jägerstätter’s journey, A HIDDEN LIFE will most certainly draw history buffs and newcomers alike to see this already buzzed about film. Its tender, but forceful story is one that awards season vets will certainly flock to, while attracting others with its stark humanity.
So, whether you’re looking for a historically tinged journey into the human soul or are hoping to catch a potential Best Picture nominee in action, A HIDDEN LIFE will be waiting at an AMC near you.
A HIDDEN LIFE opens in select theatres on December 13 and is a title that’s part of the AMC Artisan Films series of notable independent films. This movie may expand to a theatre near you over the holiday season, so be sure to check our website for availability and showtimes.