The Spacetime-Warped Beauty of ‘A Hidden Life’

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CREDIT: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The hills where Franz Jӓgerstӓtter (August Diehl) and his family live lend a sort of otherworldly, out-of-time vibe to A Hidden Life. That remoteness, combined with Terrence Malick’s trademark wide-open compositions and plentiful cuts to moments in the same setting as the previous shot, produce a sort of warping of temporality wherein the nearly three-hour running time becomes easily digestible and the years that passes during which Franz is a conscientious objector feel they could be anywhere between 1% and 100% of Hitler’s reign. The ultimate effect is the lending of a certain immortality to Franz’s sacrifice. Those who have lived quiet, hidden lives of moral firmness are an essential part of the fabric of existence, and that’s a tenet of faith this movie wants us to hold on to.

I give A Hidden Life Warm Approval From My Heart and My Soul.

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 12/13/19

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CREDIT: A24

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Black Christmas (Theatrically Nationwide) – Sophia Takal also directed a horror-adjacent movie a few years ago that I enjoyed.
A Hidden Life (Limited Theatrically) – Oh wow, Terrence Malick made another movie.
Richard Jewell (Theatrically Nationwide)
Uncut Gems (Theatrically Nationwide)

TV
Marvel’s Runaways Season 3 (December 13 on Hulu)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’ (December 18 on ABC) – Norman Lear and company are at it again!
The Masked Singer Season 2 Finale (December 18 on FOX)