A Movie “Son of Saul” 1/23/16

January 23, 2016

It is nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film Category for this year’s Oscar. So I went.  First of all and most importantly the scenes from the Auschwitz-Birkenauare are very intense. At the beginning of the movie I started to feel ill and I thought I may not be able to see the movie to the end. But the humans get used to anything. Scene after scene we see the dead bodies (they call them as pieces) and killing hundreds of people all together our sense becomes numb. The movie follows 1 and 1/2 day of Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig), a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwits working as a Sonderkommando, taking care of the dead all day under Nazis. Other members of the Sonderkommando learned about their impending extermination, and decided to fight back to Nazis to destroy the camp. But Saul focused on his own hope. He found the body of the young boy in the crematorium, and he took him as his son. His hope is to salvage his body, bury him with rabbi. He risks his friends’ lives to complete his mission. His friends’ hope is to escape from the camp. The camera work is excellent and acting is just amazing.