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A Hidden Life review: Terrence Malick's rhapsody to an Austrian conscientious objector | Film

Terrence Malick’s heartfelt and reverently high-minded new movie is inspired by a life that is little-known — hidden, perhaps. Franz Jägerstetter was an Austrian conscientious objector during the second world war who made a personal stand for his anti-Nazi beliefs by refusing to take the Hitler oath as a Wehrmacht conscript and in 1943 was duly executed.August Diehl (who played the lead in Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx) is Jägerstetter; Valerie Pachner is his wife Franziska, and there are cameos from Matthias Schoenarts as Jägerstetter’s defence lawyer and the late Bruno Ganz as the military tribunal president who sorrowingly questions Jägerstetter about what he sees as the stubbornness and futility of his beliefs before reluctantly passing the terrible sentence of death. The title is taken from George Eliot’s Middlemarch: “The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” Modest though he was, Jägerstetter’s own tomb is not in fact entirely unvisited, as Pope Benedict XVI beatified him in 2007, perhaps partly in contrition for the Church’s failure to oppose the Nazis.The style that Malick has found for this subject is very much the same as ever: an overpowering sense of being ecstatically, epiphanically in the present moment, an ambient feeling of exaltation created by a montage of camera shots swooning, swooping and looming around the characters who appear often to be lost in thought, to an orchestral or organ accompaniment, and a murmured voiceover narration of the characters’ intimate but distinctly abstract feelings and memories. (One tic is not here, in fact: the camera shot directly into a distant sunset. Perhaps it felt too American.) When Malick uses black-and-white newsreel clips, it is momentarily disconcerting to be reminded of straightforwardly conventional cinematic grammar.Deploying this rhetoric in the service of such an important subject would appear to make sense. Often it...

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