Son of Saul

Son of Saul

Son of Saul

Hungarian World War II drama following the horror one Jewish prisoner experiences when forced to assist the Nazis in burning his own people, but attempts salvation when he finds his (supposed) son’s body. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury award at Cannes and nominated for the Palme d’Or.

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 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.

Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 BAFTAs, 2016 Academy Awards and Golden Globes; Grand Prize of the Jury, Cannes 2015
2015Rating: R16, Violence, cruelty & content may disturb122 minsHungaryHungarian, Yiddish, German and Polish with English subtitles
DramaThrillerWarWorld Cinema

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The horror of the Holocaust has been cinematically depicted more times than the horror of Freddy, Jason, and sharks combined. How can a film possibly stand out in an emotionally challenging area that also feels overcrowded? Son of Saul finds a way.

4.0

Son of Saul

Overrated. Not as harrowing and visceral as critics say it is. The cinematography is fine, almost the whole film is shot with medium close ups. I didn't care about Saul's journey. It got better towards the end, but for the most part I was pretty bored. Just stay at home and watch Schindler's List again on blu ray instead, a way better Holocaust film. Grade:...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A masterful exercise in narrative deprivation and sensory overload that recasts familiar horrors in daringly existential terms.

Time Out

Time Out

press

An Auschwitz-set drama that's numbing, provocative and impossible to unsee.

5.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

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.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It pushes its vision to the bitter end, eschewing emotion, reflection, or intellectual framing as if banned at gunpoint from any such lapses.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's a beat-the-clock thriller wrapped around an allegory.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

By any standards, this would be an outstanding film, but for a debut it is remarkable.

5.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

You don't merely witness horror, you feel it in your bones.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Utterly uneasy to watch but strikingly and confidently assembled, the film is a powerful aural and visual experience...

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The horror of the Holocaust has been cinematically depicted more times than the horror of Freddy, Jason, and sharks combined. How can a film possibly stand out in an emotionally challenging area that also feels overcrowded? Son of Saul finds a way.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A masterful exercise in narrative deprivation and sensory overload that recasts familiar horrors in daringly existential terms.

Time Out

Time Out

press

An Auschwitz-set drama that's numbing, provocative and impossible to unsee.

5.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

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.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It pushes its vision to the bitter end, eschewing emotion, reflection, or intellectual framing as if banned at gunpoint from any such lapses.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's a beat-the-clock thriller wrapped around an allegory.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

By any standards, this would be an outstanding film, but for a debut it is remarkable.

5.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

You don't merely witness horror, you feel it in your bones.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Utterly uneasy to watch but strikingly and confidently assembled, the film is a powerful aural and visual experience...

Son of Saul

Overrated. Not as harrowing and visceral as critics say it is. The cinematography is fine, almost the whole film is shot with medium close ups. I didn't care about Saul's journey. It got better towards the end, but for the most part I was pretty bored. Just stay at home and watch Schindler's List again on blu ray instead, a way better Holocaust film....

2.0