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“A Hidden Life” Metaphysical Review by Jacklyn A. Lo

Film Review Poster: 'A Hidden Life' by Jacklyn A. Lo

Unveiling Spiritual Courage: “Hidden Life (2019):  Metaphysical Film Review by Jacklyn A. Lo

Director and writer of the film:  Terrence Malick

“A Hidden Life” is a thought-provoking historical film about Finding Spiritual Strength during WWII.

Individual vs. Society

This film explores the journey of a man who refuses to conform to societal norms and instead embraces his own spiritual beliefs, even in the face of hardship.

Living in a small Austrian village, Franz finds himself isolated because of his convictions. He refuses to participate in Hitler’s war, firmly believing that both the war and Hitler himself are wrong.

However, his dissenting views are met with disdain and judgment from those around him, who see his refusal as arrogant and even prideful.

Higher Consciousness

This lack of understanding stems from their limited vision and inability to understand a higher consciousness than their own.

Franz seeks guidance from the local priest, but even the “servant of God” is unwilling to go against the grain, choosing instead to prioritize external circumstances over the moral principles of an individual.

Spiritual Challenge

Furthermore, Franz’s spiritual challenge extends beyond his resistance to the war.

It comes at a great personal cost, including the suffering of his beloved family, separation from his wife and children, enduring physical pain, humiliation, and even facing death at a time when he desires to live.

Despite the hardships, Franz’s wife and life partner, Fany, stands by his side, offering him unwavering support throughout their journey together.

Profound Spiritual Trial

In essence, this film delves into the profound spiritual trial faced by Franz and the sacrifices he makes for his beliefs.

It is worth noting Franz’s village doesn’t understand his higher consciousness. Most people there struggle to even grasp what consciousness is. As a result, they can’t fathom Franz’s difficult spiritual choice toward enlightenment.

The theme of individual vs. society and following spiritual challenges for the protagonist reminds the movie “Hacksaw Ridge (2016)“, directed by Mel Gibson. Find my review of this film via the link.

Metaphysical Perspective

From a metaphysical perspective, Franz’s journey can be seen as a metaphor for the soul’s journey towards enlightenment.

In a world where many people are quick to conform to societal norms, Hidden Life (2019) is a refreshing reminder that it is possible to stand up for what you believe in, even if it means facing hardship.

Franz’s story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the importance of following your own path, regardless of what others may think.

Faith and Determination

Like Franz, we are all faced with challenges that test our faith and our resolve. But if we are willing to face these challenges with Courage and Determination, we can emerge stronger and more enlightened on the other side.

The film also raises important questions about the nature of consciousness and the relationship between the individual and the Divine. Franz’s choice to follow his conscience, even in the face of overwhelming opposition, suggests that there is a Higher Power that guides us and supports us on our journey.

Ultimate Message

Ultimately, “A Hidden Life” is a film that will stay with you long after you have seen it. It is a reminder that we are all connected to something greater than ourselves and that we have the power to make a difference in the world.


  • Picture in the article:  ©IMDb 
  • Edited using Bard, an experimental large language model from Google AI


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