A searing exploration of the consequences of upholding one's convictions in a time of terrifying upheaval, this latest work from Terrence Malick mines the themes of spirituality and engagement with the natural world that have permeated so much of the American auteur's late-period renaissance.
Set in Austria during the rise of the Third Reich, A Hidden Life relays a little-known, true story of quiet heroism. A hardworking farmer, pious Christian and devoted family man, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) is a respected member of his alpine village, St. Radegund. Franz's Edenic existence begins to wither, however, as war breaks out across Europe, Nazi ideology spreads, and both the church and St. Radegund's mayor start spouting antisemitic dogma.
Franz undergoes military training but refuses to swear allegiance to Hitler. When called up for conscription, he becomes a conscientious objector - a decision that will test the limits of his beliefs.
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