A Hidden Life

Nearly 3 hours. Or have I missed the point?
“The film depicts the life of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer and devout Catholic who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. The film’s title was taken from George Eliot‘s book Middlemarch.” – from Wikipedia.
Yeah, but 3 hours.
You see how beautiful the higher parts of Austria are; and some of their villages and churches; and the mountains, fields and rivers; and the rural railways int the age of steam.
The film certainly conveys the. religious beliefs of Franz Jägerstätter and his wife. And conveys the authoritarianism of Austria under the Nazis, and how Austrians changed under Fascism.

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

George Eliot

Will anyone remember the defiance demand the interrogators? Well, the film itself says ‘they will now’. But the Catholic Church has already beatified him.
The couple are heroes, but of the suffering kind.
(I wonder if films exist to celebrate those who struggled and campaigned against Nazism in Austria? At least Herr von Trapp’s defiance resulted in a Nazi motor car being disabled.)
This is a worthwhile film. Just be mentally prepared for the 3 hours.
Guardian.

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