A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

Unbearably and excruciatingly dull with nothing beyond the surface but the gorgeous cinematography and score. Everything is black and white, good and evil, happy and sad. The wide angle shots shot at chest height super close up is great for the Austrian countryside but terrible everywhere else. It tries so hard to be meaningful at points but the scenes of people either being too blissful and comically angry just reminds me of the Sound of Music. All that frolicking in the mountains! And old white men screaming close to the camera! And then sudden POV of our hero getting beat up by a Nazi guard.

Yet it must have something because a few people at the screening cried including the woman next to me. It is an intimate portrait of faith and justice under immense pressure and crisis. Yet it could have been done so much better and less on the nose.

Its a cologne commercial that just so happens to be set during the war.

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