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Son of Saul (2015)

Saul fia (original title)
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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(as Nemes László)

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(as Nemes László),
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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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 | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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

Gross:

$1,776,814 (USA) (13 May 2016)
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1.37 : 1
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The filmmakers insisted on getting the film premiere in competition at a major festival. After failing to get the Berlin competition, although they could have premiered it in a different section, they decided to skip the festival and go for Cannes instead - which resulted in large success. See more »

Quotes

Abraham Warszawski: Who's this boy?
Saul Ausländer: My son.
Abraham Warszawski: But you have no son.
Saul Ausländer: I do. I have to bury him.
Abraham Warszawski: You don't need a rabbi for that.
Saul Ausländer: At least he'll do what's right.
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Featured in The 88th Annual Academy Awards (2016) See more »

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Dream Faces
Written by William Marshall Hutchison
Performed by Elizabeth Spencer
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A pointless film about an unreasonable guy
13 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Because the camera is stuck near the head of Saul the whole time, and most things are out of focus, the film makes you dizzy already after 20 minutes. The film is not really telling anything, just follows a guy who behaves unreasonably. There is nothing explained, you have to fill everything with your own knowledge of the holocaust. That is all what happens, there is nothing concrete in this movie. I am Hungarian, so I was happy one of our films got famous, but it seems that it became true what I was afraid of, it got the Oscar only because it is about the holocaust. therefore it was a big disappointment. Don't waste your time, watch another Hungarian or another holocaust movie depending why did you chose this one.


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