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Saul fia (2015)

R | | Drama, War | 11 June 2015 (Hungary)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Saul Ausländer
... Abraham Warszawski
... Oberkapo Biederman
Todd Charmont ... Bearded Prisoner
Jerzy Walczak ... Rabbi Frankel
Gergö Farkas ... Saul's Son
Balázs Farkas ... Saul's Son
... Dr. Miklos Nyiszli
... Feigenbaum
Levente Orbán ... Russian Prisoner
Kamil Dobrowolski ... Mietek
... Oberscharführer Voss
... Oberscharführer Busch
Attila Fritz ... Yankl (Young Prisoner)
... Schlojme
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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 | War

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

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11 June 2015 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

El hijo de Saúl  »

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Budget:

HUF 280,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,930, 20 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,777,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,659,121
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1.37 : 1
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Abraham Warszawski: You failed the living for the dead.
Saul Ausländer: We are dead already.
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Dream Faces
Written by William Marshall Hutchison
Performed by Elizabeth Spencer
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TIFF 2015 -- Son of Saul: Expect a little more than an education
11 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Easily tagged as a Holocaust film (but shouldn't necessarily be), 'Son of Saul' explores the perspective of a Sonderkommando named Saul — a German Nazi death camp prisoner who's job was to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims — who finds a dying boy from the chambers and attempts to give him a proper burial who he claims to be his son, all during his time at Auschwitz. The film is uniquely shot from an over-the-shoulder perspective that keeps the viewer entirely focused on Saul, but still with the motions and actions surrounding him very noticeable (thanks to absolutely brilliant sound work in order to help achieve the eerie feel). 'Saul' reaches certain pinnacles of significant discomfort during scenes of execution — in the gas chambers and the burial pits — and a stone-faced Saul can do nothing but be forced to listen or watch.

At points, the viewer feels claustrophobic when being ushered from the trucks in the middle of the night to one's fate. While the main story of Saul's attempt to give his "son" a proper Jewish burial is what drives him — already accepting his own fate — the film goes beyond the typical WWII Holocaust story where you might only hear of incidents. In this film, the viewer is thrust upon into the fray of Hell, constantly following Saul through several one-shot takes that leave you wondering what is waiting for him.

A word to the wise: this film prides itself on authenticity, realism, and truth; 'Son of Saul' is painfully poetic.


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