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Winner of 46 awards including:
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year – Academy Awards 2016
Best Motion Picture in the Foreign Language – Golden Globes 2016
4 prizes at Cannes including the Special Grand Jury Prize
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination.
While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son.
As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourners Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
Critically acclaimed and the winner of countless awards across the world, Son of Saul is a disquieting portrait of the Holocaust through a harrowingly original narrative – one single prisoner’s view; a very personal and human perspective on one of the greatest atrocities in human history.
Directorial debut from László Nemes, with Son of Saul being described as his ‘career-making tour de force’ The Telegraph.
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There is no redemption, no happy ending. It brings home the squalor and the brutality of the camps.
There is no sound track other than the constant bellowing of the guards and the shouts and screams of the victims. Chaos in hell.
As a testament to the suffering of the victims of the Holocaust , it is powerful, unsentimental and chilling.
Saul (Géza Röhrig) is a Jewish-Hungarian prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau near the end of World War II. As a member of the Sonderkommando, Saul has prolonged his own life by helping to herd new prisoners into the gas chambers. Saul has become a soulless cog in a highly efficient machine whose sole purpose is to kill as many people as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Forced to remove all thoughts and emotions in order to survive, Saul is acutely aware of his surroundings, watching and listening to everything, looking over his shoulder, busy working and scurrying around and avoiding any undue attention. An unexpected encounter reveals a sense of purpose in Saul he had worked hard to hide. In an already unfathomable set of situations, and perhaps desperately grasping for meaning, Sauls illogical actions are of a man with nothing left to lose.
Nemes uses a focused, intense and narrow perspective so that Saul is front and centre virtually throughout the film. You feel as though you are standing next to him, the action surrounding him is chaotic, fleeting and usually out of focus. Screams are heard but not seen, blurred bodies being dragged around, your senses are amplified and your imagination is forced to follow suit. You witness a singular vision, not just of a man in crisis but as a reminder that every single life mattered.
Its heartbreaking to see what the Nazi’s have done to Saul, a man whittled down to a state of non-existence where nothing surprises, shocks or moves him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a bit disappointed with this film. I don't think it's realistic. Men in jackets, trousers, shirts. And in nice comfort too and wellfed. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jorgen Jacobsen
Praiseworthy concept surrounding a man's desire to have his son correctly buried in a concentration camp. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mr Stewart M Frazier
This film could have been really good. Instead you get a film that is incredibly slow moving, doesn't make much sense, and difficult to watch (and not because of the subject... Read morePublished 2 months ago by HS