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Son of Saul

  • Starring: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Todd Charmont, Urs Rechn
  • Director: László Nemes
  • Genre(s): Drama, History, Thriller, Horror, War
  • Rating: R
  • Languages: German, French, Russian, Polish, Yiddish, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak
  • Running Time: 107 min.

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 mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.

"Son of Saul is lasting work of art — difficult to watch, impossible to forget."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Thanks to his taste, rigor and superb sense of control, Nemes manages to create images that are both discreet and graphic, respectful and confrontational, inspiring and unsparing."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It’s that devotion to truth that makes Son of Saul such a difficult watch — and also one of year’s most important masterpieces."
- Inkoo Kang, TheWrap
"Son of Saul is an immersive experience of the most disturbing kind, an unwavering vision of a particular kind of hell. No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A remarkable refashioning of the Holocaust drama that reignites the setting with extraordinary immediacy, Son of Saul is both terrifying to watch and too gripping in its moment-to-moment to look away."
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE