A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

DVD - 2020
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Based on real events, this is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jg̃erstt̃ter, 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 Fani and children that keep his spirit alive.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney/Fox Searchlight, [2020]
Edition: DVD.
Branch Call Number: DRAMA 791.4365 HIDDEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (174 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Gawarecki
May 13, 2020

A great movie to get you thinking "What would I have done in that situation?" or "Would I have had the courage to carry my convictions that far?". Great scenes abound, wonderful cinematography, and a pace that, while slow for some, has time for scenes to sink in and resonate. Not a movie for those looking for a lot of action, as the action takes place in one's mind, contemplating the emotions and motives - not only of the husband and father Franz, or Fani his wife and mother of their 3 children, but the grandmother (Franz's), grandfather (Fani's), Fani's sister, the mayor, village people, the clergy, and so on.

It is a powerful movie that I went out and bought after watching on-line, and will be sharing with my family, friends, and others. Highly recommended.

One sobering question that is "residue" for me from the memory of the movie: how to to keep such evil from reappearing? I ask that for the movie makes it more plausible how a culture can become twisted and abusive; it's not as hard as one might think.

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