it was almost as if he was reflecting on everything that just happened. I think he represents innocence, in that he doesn't realize what he was doing, and that's what Saul smiled at. [25], In his review for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw rated the film five out of five stars, calling it an "astonishing debut film" and "a horror movie of extraordinary focus and courage". Saul's entire motivation for the movie was caring for the corpse of a child, it took over his entire thought process, to the point that he nearly got killed several times, searching for a rabbi and didn't even seem to care. Saul goes in search of a Rabbi to perform the funeral ritual.

in a panic, dropping him, and he was never able to walk again. The site's critical consensus reads, "Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience – and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch". That’s all the more reason to stick close to Saul, which is clearly the movie’s design. After an interrogation, the Renegade is executed and Saul is allowed to go back to the unit. King David honored King Saul and his family to the very end. Indeed, it is at this pivotal moment that the camera leaves Saul (moments before his death) and takes up that of the blond boy. In a movie, sometimes one face is everything. Saul may have some issues in dealing with the other men who may see their own task as more important and incompatible with his. He was forty years at the time and ruled for two years. Do we simply let the shots in the background remain in the background? Film Critics Circle honors 'Spotlight' and 'Brooklyn, Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film, A Few Days from the Life of I. I. Oblomov, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Son_of_Saul&oldid=982453464, Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe winners, Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film winners, Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winners, Best Foreign Film Guldbagge Award winners, Best Foreign Language Film BAFTA Award winners, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles containing Hungarian-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, German, Hungarian, Polish, Yiddish, Russian, Slovak, Czech, Greek, Best International Film (Foreign Language), Tamás Zányi, Tamás Beke, and Tamás Székely, This page was last edited on 8 October 2020, at 07:21. Time is running out for everyone.

He works stoically, seemingly having been numbed by the daily horrors. Welcome to my virtual home.
Saul. The last shot however, stops following the boy, and simply pauses on the tree. Son of Saul doesn’t give the audience anything so falsely comforting as a happy ending—how could it?

[10] It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film,[11] becoming the first Hungarian film to win the award.[12]. When the camera begins to follow the boy, it signals a transition. By signing up you are agreeing to our, A New Rebecca Strives for Gothic Romance But Comes Up Short, Not Hugging My Grandkids Will Always Be Hard, Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2020 TIME USA, LLC. With only a few TV credits to his name, Röhrig isn’t an experienced actor. Jerzy Walczak

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.

Saul overhears Sonderkommando Abraham, talk about an uprising against the SS-guards with Oberkapo Biederman (Urs Rechn).

i agree that the boy symbolized death but i think Saul smiled because he's happy that he did reclaim "life" again. [8][9] It is the ninth Hungarian film to be nominated for the award, and the first since István Szabó's Hanussen in 1988.

In the midst of the unspeakable, what does the “right” choice even mean?
Vintage color lithograph from 1880 showing the death of Saul. The smile showing that he's happy this nightmare will finally be over even if that means death, which is pretty dark but understandable. Sadly, as we know, the little Nazi doesn't empathize. Saul, who can't swim, manages to bring the Renegade back to the riverbank and both are then taken to the SS-commandant of the unit. Biederman first wants to photograph the camp's atrocities using a camera collected from the clothing of an earlier gassed caravan, and smuggle the pictures outside to attract attention and help. 2nd Place Finalists in novella category for unpublished manuscript "Carol of the Rooms", Some links on this blog may contain affiliate links.

[6] The filmmakers initially tried to premiere the film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, but after the festival offered them a spot only in the Panorama section, not in the main competition, they decided to refuse the proposal and instead aim for the Cannes competition. The Ending of Son of Saul (SPOILERS) Praise for thing movie aside, one aspect of this gritty Holocaust drama that I cannot stop thinking about is the ending.

You can find Christy's writing at ChristyLemire.com. Exclusive: Alleged Hunter Biden Emails Circulated in Ukraine, TIME Replaced Its Logo on the Cover For the First Time in Its Nearly 100-Year History. [22], Upon its release at Cannes, the film was met with critical acclaim. Maybe the boy was from a farm or something?