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Son of Saul (15)

Drama, Thriller, War

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.

The critical consensus

Perhaps one of the best fictional depictions of the Holocaust yet made, Son of Saul‘s lack of any melodrama and sentimentality are its strongest assets. It is bleak, remorselessly so, but by the end achieves something like transcendence and release.

*****Kevin Wight, TVBomb, 25/04/2016

László Nemes’s debut, about a prisoner at Auschwitz forced to work in the gas chambers, dramatises the concentration camps with great intelligence, seriousness and audacity.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/04/2016

The result is one of the year’s most powerful, unforgettable films.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/04/2016

Features about Son of Saul (15)

Son of Saul: the horrors of the Holocaust, portrayed with a rare honesty

John Patterson, The Guardian, 25/04/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday May 20, 2016, until Wednesday May 25, 2016. More info:

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