Son of Saul | Full Movie

Son of Saul
  • R
  • 1h 47m
  • 2015
Certified Fresh95%
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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 Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director L?szl? Nemes as a talent to watch.
Associated Press
Lindsey Bahr

Nemes, in his first feature, is a bold, experimental voice with a clear vision -- a filmmaker to w...

June 25, 2017
The New Republic
Ethan Gates

Formally riveting, emotionally shattering, and astonishingly confident.

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Brutal and brilliant, "Son of Saul" may be the most harrowing film ever made about the Holocaust,...

June 25, 2017
Seattle Times
Soren Andersen

An appalling, overwhelming descent into the heart of the Holocaust.

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:Military & War, Period Piece, Drama
  • Release Date:December 18, 2015
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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