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A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick returns with a call for grace in this Second World War-set true story exploring the importance of unsung resistance.

Dir-Scr Terrence Malick
Prod Grant Hill, Dario Bergesio, Josh Jeter, Elisabeth Bentley
With August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts
Germany-USA
2019
173min
UK Distribution Fox Searchlight Pictures

Franz Jägerstätter and his wife Fani live in bucolic Alpine Austria with their three children, committed to a deep abiding love of God and each other. When Franz is called up to fight, he refuses to take an oath of allegiance to Hitler and as a result each has a price to pay. Men of army and church plead to Frank that his gesture will neither change things nor be remembered – that he could always ‘think one thing and say another’. A Hidden Life makes an urgent call to contemporary conscience, exhorting us to believe in its power, even in the face of indifference. Yes, there is lush sensory filmmaking that will give viewers an acute sensitivity to the world around them, but most resonant is Malick’s broader philosophical tribute to those who ‘rest in unvisited tombs’.

Kate Taylor

Additional information

The screenings on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October are accessible screenings for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. The film has an audio-description soundtrack, and headphones are available on request.

The screening on Sunday 13 October is an accessible screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The film has English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.


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