It’s often a lot easier to paint an entire group of people with the same brush than separate them out to the individuals they are. This is one of the major reasons why humanity is riddled with racial and ethnic conflict as certain groups of people have allowed their prejudices to cloud their worldview.
This is true of history as well. For example, it’s so easy to just think of the whole of World War II Germany as being populated by Nazis when in fact there were many forgotten heroes within the country itself that fought against the Nazi regime and evil policies of its leader Adolf Hitler. In this eye-opening new film, A Hidden Life, Terence Mallick attempts to tell such a story:
Some directors choose to not just make small doses of entertainment, but rather tell elaborate stories that can cover the time of a person’s life and ask deep profound questions. Mallick (Tree of Life, Days of Heaven) is one of those directors who has that knack for taking us on expositive journeys in movies. A Hidden Life, which he writes and directs, looks like yet another one of those epic tales where we get to experience the entire lifetime of a man.
That life in question belonging to Franz Jägerstätter (played by August Diehl), an Austrian farmer and devout Catholic who was imprisoned for being a conscientious objector after refusing to fight for Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and the Nazis in WWII. This movie certainly looks like it could be highly emotive and deep, though possibly also not an easy watch. Still, I’m intrigued by the setup in this trailer and the promise that the film holds in telling us a deeply personal and important part of history that we seldom get to see.
Along with this new trailer, we also have a short clip to showcase a little more of what we can expect when the film releases in December:
Last Updated: August 14, 2019