Son of Saul

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Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch.



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In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.


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  • Jan 08, 2017
    A good portrayal of the Holocaust only let down by the lead actor, who shows no emotions at all, even after discovering the dead body of his son.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2016
    Even though it is a true lesson in technique and direction, it deserved to have a more interesting protagonist with better motivations. Full review on filmotrope. com
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2016
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  • Apr 17, 2016
    An excellent foreign film. The film is a journey into one of humanity's darkest hours. Many excellent films have dealt with the heavy subject matter of Son of Saul. This film does not disappoint as a worthy addition. The film is oddly not really about the characters, despite the intense usage of POV or over shoulder camera work. You barely remember the faces of the individuals in the movie, but cannot shake the visceral and personal experience of the film. This is likely by design to capture the devastating de-humanization of life in a concentration camp. The most gut wrenching of moments are never fully in-focus and are always just off to the side or edge of the viewer's field of vision. I had the good fortune of viewing this film at a festival with a number of other people. When you leave the film you can say little upon immediate reflection, but everyone clearly felt a sense of awe (albeit mired in uneasiness) and silent contemplation at what they experienced. A worthy film that truly does justice to the experience of true horror, never fully seen or explained but deeply felt.
    Shane S Super Reviewer

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