“A Hidden Life” Marks A Remarkable Return To Form For Terrence Malick
Where do your duties lie? And how do you stand up to evil? “A Hidden Life” tackles these existential questions by invoking both the terrestrial and the cosmic, the human and the unknown. The film follows an Austrian conscientious objector who, in the face of his religion and his country, stands up to the Nazis and chooses prison over being complicit in their evils.
There’s no denying that it’s difficult, intense subject matter that isn’t afraid to delve into the darkest of depths — but there’s also understated electricity, a brilliance that shines through. Many fans of director Terrence Malick will be familiar with his ability to tackle, wrestle, and unpack the themes that make us feel the most naked and the most challenged.
Many critics are saying this is his strongest offering since Malick won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2011 for “The Tree of Life”. Praised as “extraordinarily beautiful and wrenching” told from a “rewardingly timely and urgent perspective“, early whisperings promise big things from this accomplished filmmaker.
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In today’s political climate, films like “A Hidden Life” — based off of true events — are more important than ever. The film will be released in the US from late 2019 and in the UK from January 2020.