A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 174 min
  • USA, UK
  • biography, drama, romance

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick

Screenwriter: Terrence Malick

Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist

Ambitious and visually absorbing, A Hidden Life may prove inscrutable to non-devotees -- but for viewers on Malick's wavelength, it should only further confirm his genius.


  • Terrence Malick
    Terrence Malick

    Terrence Malick (born November 30, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. In a career spanning almost four decades, Malick has directed nine feature films. Malick is known for his singular style that combines loose narrative and editing structure with spiritual themes. Many of his films are critically acclaimed, with some considering The Tree of Life to be a...

Main Cast


Producer: Grant Hill, Marcus Loges, Dario Bergesio, Elisabeth Bentley, Josh Jeter

Editor: Rehman Nizar Ali, Joe Gleason, Sebastian Jones

Casting: Anja Dihrberg

Director Of Photography: Jörg Widmer

Original Music Composer: James Newton Howard

Costume Design: Lisy Christl

Executive Producer: Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser, Adam S. Morgan

Associate Producer: Peter Oberth, Matt Bilski

Production Design: Sebastian T. Krawinkel


Tagline: Based on True Events

Genres: biography, drama, romance, war

Certificate: PG-13

Categories: anti nazism, conscientious objector, third reich, nazi germany, austria, world war two, nazi, farmer, death penalty, year 1943, anschluss, guillotine, rural setting, military tribunal, year 1940


Year: 2019

Runtime: 174 min

Country: USA, UK, Germany

Language: English, German, Italian

Color: Color, Black and White

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos, SDDS, Dolby Digital

Also Known As

  • La vita nascosta - Hidden Life (IT)
  • Une vie cachée (FR)
  • Vida oculta (ES)


  • Simran Hans (Observer)

    Malick links the lonely labour of working the land with the thanklessness of sainthood, asking questions about devotion, tradition and individual acts of resistance.

  • Clarisse Loughrey (Independent (UK))

    How does someone retain their innocence in an inescapably dark time? It's a painful question, but [Terrence] Malick's film is brave enough to ask it.

  • David Stratton (The Australian)

    There is no doubt that A Hidden Life is a labour of love for Malick, but it will prove a challenge for audiences willing to experience the latest work of this most interesting and wayward director.