Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A Hidden Life Review - 1 Star


"A Hidden Life" reminds us the Nazis didn't look kindly on conscientious objectors during World War II. Auteur Terrence Malick requires three hours to state the obvious. 1 star, PG-13. This is a true story. Austrian farmer Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter refused to swear allegiance to Adolph Hitler, an oath required of Austrian soldiers. Malick tells this story in a beautiful film with long scenes of farm life & countryside, and the work of farming combined with a suburban prison and ultimately Berlin imprisonment and trial. The slow but steady pace can try the viewer's soul. At times, "A Hidden Life" almost looks like a parody of a Terrence Malick film. This one's not for me. Maybe for you?