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Son of Saul (2015)



Critic Consensus: Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch.

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In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.

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Urs Rechn
as Oberkapo Biederman
Todd Charmont
as Bearded Man
Marcin Czarnik
as Feigenbaum
Jerzy Walczak
as Rabbi in the Sonderkommando
Uwe Lauer
as SS Voss
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Critic Reviews for Son of Saul

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (52)

Son of Saul is a film of considerable virtuosity, a harrowing film like no other before it.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The whole film is a crushing experience, giving you very little chance to regain perspective.

May 1, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A film that plunges you, shoulder height, into the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau during the final days of the war.

April 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I can only say the film is, by its own measure, a triumph. Engineered with virtuoso skill, every moment screams You Are Here. And here is hell.

April 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's hard to overpraise Son of Saul. It is one of the greatest films ever made.

March 4, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The brute force is punishing, but there's real moral and intellectual rigour behind it.

February 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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A good portrayal of the Holocaust only let down by the lead actor, who shows no emotions at all, even after discovering the dead body of his son.

Peter Bond
Peter Bond

Super Reviewer

Even though it is a true lesson in technique and direction, it deserved to have a more interesting protagonist with better motivations. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Given the theme, Son of Saul is understandably difficult to watch. In many ways it should be. The plot doesn't follow the traditional narrative that highlights an improbable hero. Its hyper-realistic style addresses the murder directly head on with no relief to alleviate the terror. The brutal efficiency with which the Nazis oversee this evil task is a robotic death camp of mind numbing savagery. A seemingly unending hell on earth from which human life is disposed like a mechanized chore. Even watching prisoners scrub the human blood from the floor of an massive shower can be an overwhelming experience. Son of Saul is largely a compelling drama. Where the chronicle doesn't near a masterpiece lies in the conclusion. The fact that Saul and his fellow workers' days are numbered will inspire questions as the story wears on. Why submit to a ghastly task that only prolongs your inevitable death by days? Some abatement from their chamber of horrors is suggested but Saul's behavior becomes vexing for viewer. Setting up a brilliant beginning also demands a skillful ending. Son of Saul doesn't quite deliver at the same level all the way through, but it is still a very powerful film nonetheless.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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