Saul fia [Son of Saul] (2015)

Saul fia
Director: László Nemes
Writer: László Nemes, Clara Royer
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Jerzy Walczak, Sándor Zsótér, Marcin Czarnik, Kamil Dobrowolski
Seen on: 2.4.2016

Saul (Géza Röhrig) is a member of the Sonderkommando in the concentration camp in Auschwitz: himself a prisoner, he is tasked with cleaning up the bodies after they were gassed. One night a boy is still alive after the massacre – and Saul recognizes his son in him. After the boy dies anyway, his body is supposed to be autopsied before being burned. But Saul decides that he has to make sure that he is buried properly so that he can have peace in the afterlife at least.

Son of Saul is a tough piece of film. It’s not only the story and the circumstances, but also the camera work that made it very hard to watch. It’s still worth fighting through it, though.

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