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Son of Saul

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Powerful WWII concentration camp film is horrific, violent.

Movie R 2015 107 minutes
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age 16+

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age 18+

How far will we go to grieve with our full humanity?

A film that attempts to grapple with death and grief under horrible circumstances and how do we STILL fight for our humanity in these bleak and dire scenarios. But it is in keeping with our strong sense of survival that we feel compelled to fight tooth and nail over under the most egregious circumstances for a semblance of our humanity. A tough film to watch but a serious film that displays the complexity of the human spirit under the harshest shadows.
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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The full devastation of genocide, incomparable acts of cruelty, and humanity's ability to adapt to horror play out in the face of one man in this stunning, remarkable film. Other films have captured the Holocaust's atrocities and magnitude of heartlessness, but Son of Saul brings the more private moments of ravaged minds and souls to bear. The brilliance of Lazlo Nemes and his team comes from keeping Saul -- his face, his body, his point of view -- at the center of all (Rohrig's performance is shockingly real). While around him naked bodies are being dragged from the gas chamber to the ovens, while on the fringes of the frame his fellow prisoners go through the countless shoes, clothes, and personal effects of the victims, Nemes' camera is on Saul. And Saul is a study in the art of living while already dead. Some of the most savage acts happen mostly off camera or on the fringes of the shots, including the lengthy sequence of mass killing that takes place at the "pits" when the gas chambers are too crowded, which may be one of the most disturbing events in all cinema. This multiple award-winning film is hard to watch, and even harder to forget. Not for kids.

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