A Hidden Life ★★★★

Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ is set in the World War II but it's about a much more private conflict than the one taking place in the clouds of war. Thematically, it’s kinda similar to Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence.’ Much of the three hour presentation is bound to tax the patience of some in the audience who might not be aware of the types of movies that Malick regularly makes. But, for sure, Malick fans will find this irresistible.

Malick’s script rarely spells things out, instead silently moving its characters through the plot with emotional or visual beats to communicate exactly what’s going on and how the characters feel about it. The movie, however, has far less abstract plot and meandering than some of his recent works. It’s gorgeously shot though it still feels like a full 45 minutes of it could have been cut.

Fox Searchlight, screener.