Son of Saul – László Nemes (2015) ****

A beautiful and very touching movie about a member of a Sonderkommando (Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in processing the remains of the doomed) in Auschwitz. The protagonist, Saul, seeks to give his hellish life some meaning by trying to give a proper Jewish burial to a young boy; an eight year old he takes for his son.
Never before has a movie showed me this closely the machinations of an extermination camp, while keeping at a distance. This has everything to do with the permanent focus on Saul; every scene of the movie evolves around him, as we share his despair and horror of his last two days.

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