A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life ★★

... or Terrence Malick’s Song for the Self-Righteous

Oh no, have I just contributed another cynical piece of social media pith aimed at a pure cinematic artiste?  I tell you what, take the aflixionado challenge: put this purported “masterwork of subtle beauty” on in the comfort of your own home, with a bottle of your favorite liquor by your side, and take a shot every time our saintly protagonist is told out loud (directly or rhetorically) that he’s never going to change the world.  And if you can establish that, at the end of the 2 hour and 48 minute runtime, you’re still awake and able to stand, I’ll retract this review.

In the meantime, I’m going to be adding a write-in to my 2019 awards ballot: Valerie Pachner for Most Acting in a Seemingly Respectable Art Film.

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