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"A hidden life", "Young Juliet" ... the films to see (or not) this week

♥ ️ ♥ ️ ♥ ️ ♥ ️ A hidden life

German-American drama, by Terrence Malick, with August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon (2h53).

This is the story of a man who cannot do what he thinks is wrong.What, in the context in which it takes place and with Terrence Malick, takes on a biblical dimension.The filmmaker of "Tree of Life Retraces the journey of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant and father who obstinately refused to serve in the Nazi army.How do you keep your humanity under a regime that denies it? How to stay sane when men have given in to madness? By becoming a saint, Christ, tempted by evil, crossed the desert.Jägerstätter, assailed by the ignominy and the cowardice of his contemporaries, became attached to the unconditional love that his wife bore him, even if it meant being condemned to dead and never see her again, she and their three daughters.

Malick doesn't invent anything: the voice-over of his film is taken from the letters that Jägerstätter and his wife sent each other when he was languishing in prison while waiting to be fixed on his fate.We hear yawning the allergics to the mystical flights of preacher Malick.If lately, the pantheist poet, translator of Heidegger in his youth, tended to speak all alone (the beautiful but encrypted "A la marvel" and "Knight of Cups"), even to self-caricature (the missed "Song to Song" and "Voyage of Time"), with "A hidden life", he touched up the earth, his gaze still turned towards the peaks.There were "Harvests from the sky" (the rural community, work in fields) and "the Red Line" (being in the face of war) in this pastoral symphony.By way of codas, the warnings and injunctions of others to give in ("your sacrifice would not benefit anyone, no one will know, that will not change anything ”).And for melodic line, the questioning of a simple man who says no to powerful, of a believer who, to honor his faith, learns to deny the Church, accommodating towards the Hitlerian cause.Conviction, not dogma.Hope of transcendence, not blissful admiration.

Posted Date: 2020-06-10

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