A Hidden Life (2019)

Terrence Malick August Diehl, Valerie Pachner and Matthias Schoenaerts in this WWII drama where an Austrian farmer refuses to swear allegiance to Hitler.

The elders of the town drunkenly descend on the farmhouse with same jittery motions as Lynch’s elderly demons in Mullholland Dr. A cautious priest tries to convince our lead of his folly surrounded by mountains… are they keeping the secret of the conversation or looming like the impending doom? A Nazi prison guard stops a free man from looking out of the window of his cell. This is the Terrence Malick you want… pastoral, narration, innocence lost, lyrical. Cinema as poetry and philosophy. Could it be an hour shorter?… yes. Is it a little too close to being Jojo Rabbit without the wackiness?… Yes, but this po-faced journey is the slightly better movie.


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