A Hidden Life: Conscientious Objection and the Christian Walk


A Hidden Life – Conscientious Objection and the Christian Walk


More often than not, when talking to other Christians who enjoy cinema they bring up Terrence Malick. In fact, when I visited Florida for a job opportunity, I had this exact thing happen to me. At the time, I hadn’t seen a single Malick film, but I started to get some serious Malick FOMO When I saw The Tree of Life end up on a ton of “Best of the Decade” lists. Thankfully, I was near a theater showing A Hidden Life, the auteur’s 10th film, and made it a priority to grab a ticket.

Considering the premise of the film – the persecution of a man of faith who resists swearing allegiance to Hitler – I considered it a fairly appropriate film to review this week, so here we are. Let’s dive in, and let me tell you what I thought about A Hidden Life!

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A Hidden Life is Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violent images.

It features August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Ulrich Matthes, and Fanz Rogowski.

Directed by Terrence Malick.



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Melvin Benson is the creator, editor, and lead host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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