Son of Saul

Son of Saul

Laszlo Nemes (2015)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Seventy years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, is there really room for another fiction film about the atrocities of the Second World War? This stunningly original Hungarian drama proves there is. Filmed using shallow focus and an oppressively narrow screen ratio - the literal opposite of Lawrence of Arabia - director Laszlo Nemes's Oscar-winning debut tells a story as simple as its title: Sonderkommando Saul (Géza Röhrig), one of the Jewish inmates forced to work for the Nazis for special privileges, discovers the corpse of a boy he claims is his son in a pile of recently murdered corpses. To give the youth a proper burial, Saul must search the camp for a rabbi who will recite the Kaddish for him. As Saul carries out his mission, talk of a revolt swirls around his ears, but like Saul we only see what is in front of us. The result is an intense, immersive experience that harrowingly but respectfully explores the personal and public horrors of the Holocaust.

Summary

Premiere. A Jewish prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp is forced to assist with the genocide being carried out. When he finds his own son's body, he vows to give the boy a proper burial instead of allowing his remains to be burned. As he looks for a rabbi to perform the ceremony, his fellow prisoners plot an uprising. Drama, starring Geza Rohrig and Levente Molnar. In Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian, Polish, French, Greek and Slovak.

Cast & Crew

Saul Ausländer Géza Röhrig
Abraham Warszawski Levente Molnar
Oberkapo Biederman Urs Rechn
Rabbi Frankel Jerzy Walczak
Dr Miklos Nyiszli Sandor Zsoter
Feigenbaum Marcin Czarnik
Director Laszlo Nemes
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Other Information

Language: Hungarian, German, Yiddish +subtitlesColourGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Apr 2016
Drama