Review: Son of Saul 

One of the most devastating Holocaust movies

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4.5 stars 


One of the most devastating Holocaust movies I've ever seen. Saul (poet Geza Rohrig in his debut acting performance) is a prisoner in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. He is a member of the Sonderkommando unit made up of Jewish prisoners forced to deal with the cremated remains of fellow Jews. When a boy survives the gassing, only to be killed by a doctor, Saul claims that the child is his son and sets out to secure a proper burial for him.

Director Laszlo Nemes uses a handheld camera and stays within Saul's field of vision. Nemes told a reporter, "The sense of being lost is what we wanted to convey. That is what was missing before [in most earlier movies about the Holocaust]: one individual being lost." His movie is claustrophobic and mesmerizing. Saul knows he is doomed. He seeks what? Redemption? Purpose? He seeks.

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