Une Vie Cachée
Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive.
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.
Reviewed as a « Poème symphonique habité par la grâce », « Une ode à l’amour et à la foi », the film has received several awards : 1 Nomination au Festival du cinéma de Deauville ; 2 Prix (Prix Œcuménique, Prix François Chalais) et 2 Nominations au Festival de Cannes.
Language : English with French subtitles
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