A Hidden Life
Sunday, Nov 12 at 1:00 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Terrence Malick. 2019, 180 mins. With August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, Franz Rogowski, Michael Nyqvist, Bruno Ganz. Based on real events, A Hidden Life depicts the trials of Austrian martyr and conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to take the Hitler Oath required of all conscripts to the German Wehrmacht and suffered the consequences of staying true to his ideals. Opening in the idyllic Alpine valleys of the South Tyrol, where Franz, his wife Fani, and their three girls tend farm, the film conjures an elevated atmosphere straight out of Caspar David Friedrich before darkening into a claustrophobic nightmare under the cloud of a Völkisch resurgence, the inevitable Anschluss, and the call to war. A telling return to scripted filmmaking for Malick if not to the linear storytelling that might suggest, A Hidden Life brings us at once the most spiritually focused and morally urgent testament of his career. “A Hidden Life reminds us that a courageous moral act need not be immediately efficacious to produce meaningful impact . . . In this current moment of rampant demagoguery and encroaching political and cultural fascisms, Malick’s message is potent.” —Jeff Reichert, Reverse Shot
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.