Son of Saul

Son of Saul
Son of Saul
  • R
  • 1h 47m
  • 2015
Certified Fresh96%
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October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul (Géza Röhrig) is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working, Saul discovers the body 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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch.
London Evening Standard
David Sexton

The whole film is a crushing experience, giving you very little chance to regain perspective.

June 25, 2017
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher

A film that plunges you, shoulder height, into the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau during the final...

June 25, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes

It's hard to overpraise Son of Saul. It is one of the greatest films ever made.

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Craig Williams

The brute force is punishing, but there's real moral and intellectual rigour behind it.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Powerful WWII concentration camp film is horrific, violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Son of Saul is a Hungarian film with English subtitles that takes place in Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. While the brutal story is told almost entirely through the eyes of one Jewish inmate, the magnitude of the crimes against all those imprisoned there is made very real. Most of the violence takes place either off camera or in the background of the film's frames, but the full impact of the atrocities comes from the sounds of terror and chaos that accompany the visual images. Inmates are brutally manhandled, forced to strip, shot, gassed, and burned to death. Fear is omnipresent. Nudity (including full-frontal nakedness) is shown as people are rounded up on their way to their deaths and as their dead bodies are retrieved. This movie succeeds in projecting some of the harshest realities of genocide; it's at the very least a cautionary tale. What's more, because of the talent of both filmmakers and the lead actor, it feels like a most accurate depiction of what may have happened during two days in October 1944. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film in 2015, as well as more than 50 other prestigious awards, it's a movie that demands to be seen -- but not by kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 18, 2015
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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