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Senior Citizen Kane: A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick

An exploration of the consequences of upholding one's convictions in a time of terrifying upheaval, this latest work from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) mines the themes of spirituality and engagement with the natural world that have permeated so much of the American auteur's renaissance. Set in Austria during the rise of the Third Reich, A Hidden Life relays a little-known true story of quiet heroism.

"A little-known true story of quiet heroism..."

A hardworking farmer, pious Christian, and devoted father, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) is a respected member of his alpine village. His Edenic existence begins to wither, however, as war breaks out across Europe. Franz undergoes military training but refuses to swear allegiance to Hitler. When called up, he becomes a conscientious objector – a decision that will test the limits of his faith.

Malick builds upon his trademark lyrical poetic visual style to communicate a soul-searching tone rare to cinema of any age or provenance. Among the luminaries inhabiting memorable roles in A Hidden Life are the late maestros Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz, both giving what would prove to be one of their final performances. But it is Diehl who ushers us through this journey of despair and devotion, convincing us that Franz is guided by a moral vision that no earthly evil can corrupt.