A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life ★★★★★

The first hour of this is just blissful; maybe the most visually stunning piece of film I have ever seen, backed by a gorgeous score and an endearing cast of characters. It really does make the rest of the film hang together - through this, the audience is given an inside into exactly what Franz Jägerstätter is sacrificing in refusing to serve Hitler’s regime. The heartbreaking nature of what follows this act is given infinitely more weight because of the idyllic life which Franz could have enjoyed for many more years had he violated his principles for the sake of personal prudence. Beautiful, saddening film.

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