SON OF SAUL
Review: Review: During World War II, a Jewish-Hungarian worker at the Auschwitz concentration camp is on a mission to try and find a rabbi so he could give a child a proper burial.
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Actors: Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Sandor Zsoter, Marcin Czarnik, Uwe Lauer, Christian Harting and Mihaly Kormos
Genre: Drama, History, and War
The original title for this film is Saul fia. Before watching I knew this was going to be a very harrowing watch but nothing could have prepared me for just how harrowing it was going to be. It is a very powerful film. I have watched many films to do with Auschwitz and I have to say that this comes just after Schindler’s List (1993). The director captured the atmosphere so well and I felt that I was drawn in so much that I felt I was actually there myself witnessing it all in front of my eyes. One thing I enjoyed was that the whole film focuses mainly on this one guy named Saul. I can also imagine that this was a very hard film to direct, as anything to do with Auschwitz has to be handled with a lot of care and is a very sensitive subject to work on and to get right. This is Geza Rohrig’s feature film debut and I thought he was extraordinary in this. He was so good in this that I thought he was already a well-established actor. I look forward to seeing him again in the future. We will next see Geza Rohrig in Terrence Malick’s film The Last Planet which should be due out sometime in 2021 which I am very much looking forward to. I enjoyed the musical score because it was intentionally kept so subtle that viewers won’t even notice it. At the end of the film, it left me completely emotional. I thought this was an outstanding film. At the Academy Awards in 2016 this one Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2016 this won for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. At the Bafta Awards in 2017 this won for Best Film not in the English Language.