Movie Review – Son of Saul (2015)

Son of Saul, 2015.

Directed by László Nemes.

Starring Géza Röhrig, Lvente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Jerzy Walczak, Sándor Zsótér, Marcin Czarnik, Uwe Lauer and Christian Harting.


Auschwitz, 1944: a Jewish Hungarian, who burns the corpses of his own people, recognises a young boy from the crematorium and seeks a Rabbi for a proper burial.

The film opens with text to contextualise its story. In its confidence and respect for the audience, it doesn’t waste its runtime on the historic facts and the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust – most patrons entering this picture will be acquainted with such knowledge. On such an extensively covered chapter in history this film offers a bleak experience of human endurance, and is stark reminder of why it’s important to remind ourselves of this.

It begins out of focus, in a tranquil setting of birds chirping, and a moment of

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