Son of Saul

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Powerful WWII concentration camp film is horrific, violent.

R 2015 107 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

Hungarian Auschwitz Film Shows Inmates' Horrors as well as Resilience

Saul is a Jewish prisoner of the Auschwitz concentration camp and a Sonderkommando, who finds the body of a boy whom he claims is his son. He spends the duration of the film trying to find a rabbi in the camp to help him bury the boy. The other prisoners find his way of thinking to be irrational, saying there's no way such a thing could possibly be done. Saul's character seems to have become so numb with all of the terrible things he is forced to do that he no longer even thinks clearly. Some of the prisoners do try to stage a breakout knowing that if they don't try something they're all going to perish. This movie is one of the most horrific films I have ever seen because the kind of atrocities committed here actually happened in real life. This movie is very educational to show how things were at the death camps. There is a lot of death in this movie (execution scenes, gas chambers, crematories). Non-sexual nudity. Not for children and even adults will be disturbed by it. We should be. Never forget. 5/5.

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age 15+

Best holocaust film- but could be disturbing for some

The Holocaust is inherently disturbing, so really any film that deals with it well will be challenging and disturbing and extremely violent. But I also want my children to understand this history so I want them to see this. I think it all comes down to the individual child. My daughter, who is fourteen, left the room. My son, who is twelve, found it engrossing and had a lot to say about it, Schindler's List might serve better as a general briefing, and has a wider overview, but this film really drops you in the middle of it. Most of the violence, corpses, blurry or offscreen, but there is plenty here to disturb a kid with strong imagination. As I said, it all depends on the child but, if you want to talk about the Holocaust, this is an exceptional film.

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