Son of Saul

BBFC Classification: 15 - Suitable only for 15 years and over
Year: 2015
Director: László Nemes
Performers: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
Genre: Drama, War
Duration: 1 hr 47 min
BBFC Advice: Strong Threat
Hungarian with subtitles


Saul, played by the 48-year-old Hungarian actor Géza Röhrig, is a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who has been made part of the Sonderkommando, inmates given tiny, temporary privileges in return for policing their own extermination. They must manage the day-to-day business of herding bewildered prisoners out of the trains and up to the very doors of the gas chambers and then removing the bodies, the chief task being to pacify the victims in advance with their simple presence, silently shoring up the Nazi soldiers’ reassuring lies about these being simply showers. They are bit-part players in a theatre of horror