Running Time: 107 mins
Release date: 29th April 2016
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn
Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Saul Auslander is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination.
While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son.
As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: to save the childs body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
A truly fabulous and harrowing film, looking at the holocaust from the viewpoint of the Sonderkommando, a group of Jewish prisoners that I had never heard of previously. This film forced me to imagine the horror of the work the Sonderkommando had to undertake and consider what this did to the prisoners’ mental health. Saul, played by Géza Röhrig, is addictive viewing. His behaviour in the face of the daily horror he has to endure is totally believable. Son of Saul is a film not to miss.