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"A Hidden Life (Malick, 2019)"



after the tedium that was Knight of Cups I took his next one off, but this is absolutely a return to form, his best movie since The Tree of Life or perhaps even The Thin Red Line (although I really like TTOL myself). It's shot in his idiosyncratic evanescent style and makes great use of the beautiful Alps scenery.
The film stays focused on the two main characters, giving it a sturdy base that really helps the story land. Those actors (August Diehl, Valerie Pachner) are really good, but the decision to have the main parts speak English while background stuff is in German is an astounding head-scratcher, especially since the vast majority of the actors are German speakers. I'm fairly certain the audience for a Malick movie wouldn't have an issue with reading subtitles, but maybe he wanted it to be in English to make things on the shoot easier? Or maybe Matthias Schoenaerts, who shows up for a bit, didn't feel like German lessons.

Anyway, I thought the story was very topical and thoughtfully handled, and the cinematography (Jorg Widmer) alone is reason to see it but I guess that's always somewhat true of a Malick movie.

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A Hidden Life (Malick, 2019) [View all] , benny, Wed Nov-20-19 12:56 PM
Subject Author Message Date ID
This was a long movie. It was moving, but very long.
Sep 07th 2020
probably his most beautifully shot movie.
Oct 01st 2020

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