In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services. Both enthralling and disquieting, this acclaimed Sundance award winning documentary is as narratively urgent as it is visually well-crafted.
From visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick (Tree of Life). Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive. The lasting message is that faith, familial love and nature's capacity for renewal outlast even the darkest times. A HIDDEN LIFE is both inspiring and heartbreaking, cinema at it mightiest and holiest. An extraordinarily beautiful, intensely romantic work of art. A movie you enter into like a cathedral of the senses.
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