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In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

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(as Nemes László)

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(as Nemes László),
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Cast

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Abraham Warszawski
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Oberkapo Biederman
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Bearded Prisoner
Jerzy Walczak ...
Rabbi Frankel
Gergö Farkas ...
Saul's Son
Balázs Farkas ...
Saul's Son
Sándor Zsótér ...
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Feigenbaum
Levente Orbán ...
Russian Prisoner
Kamil Dobrowolski ...
Mietek
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Oberscharführer Voss
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Oberscharführer Busch
Attila Fritz ...
Yankl (Young Prisoner)
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Schlojme
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Storyline

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive. Written by LaoKoon

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 2015 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Saúl  »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF 280,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,930 (USA) (18 December 2015)

Gross:

$1,776,814 (USA) (13 May 2016)
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Trivia

Another feature film about the Sonderkommandos in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp is Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone (2001), also based in part on "Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account" by witness Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian-speaking Jewish doctor forced to work in Auschwitz, as was this film. See more »

Goofs

Although the film features the historical Sonderkommando revolt of 7 October 1944 and therefore it should be autumn, the green trees look more like in the summer. The director acknowledged that: "We were supposed to shoot it as an autumn film and we couldn't. So I had to endure the presence of spring elements in the film." See more »

Quotes

Saul Ausländer: I have to take care of my son. He's not from my wife.
Abraham Warszawski: When did you last see him?
[pause]
Abraham Warszawski: You have no son.
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References Come and See (1985) See more »

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Written by William Marshall Hutchison
Performed by Elizabeth Spencer
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Son of Saul evokes mixed feelings
7 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent production depicting the grim reality of Hitler's concentration camps, focusing on the story of Saul, an inmate seeking some return to normal human existence in the context of his horrible life and soon impending death.

I couldn't help thinking that Saul was nuts (which is true) in his totally futile, and compulsively driven, quest for a return to normalcy in his life. Particularly when this nutty behavior on Saul's part compromised the efforts of the other inmates to deal with their terrible situation in a rational matter that offered some real hope instead of Saul's delusionally and emotionally based actions that were totally empty acts.

The conflict here is between rational attempts toward success as demonstrated by the other inmates as a group, and Saul's impeding their efforts with his individual selfish and psychotic actions that only provide for his temporary emotional (but no real lasting) fulfillment.

Not sure why the critics, or anyone else, loved this one.


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