“By any standards, this would be an outstanding film, but for a debut it is remarkable.” – The Guardian
A masterful debut award winning feature that brings an entirely fresh visual language to this most challenging of topics. László Nemes’ Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner focuses on Saul, a Jewish member of the Sonderkommando in an unnamed death camp, who, after discovering the body of his son, is determined to give him a dignified burial. Avoiding the temptation to divide protagonists into good and bad, Nemes paints a disturbingly nuanced picture of the moral imperatives and daily realities faced by all.
Variety article “I had a lot of discussions with the actors, I told them to ban this feeling of self-pity, to bring (their act) down, do less. In a way it’s the most primitive way of directing.”
The Daily Telegraph review “one hell of a debut, with the emphasis on hell”
The Guardian review “a horror movie of extraordinary focus and courage”
HeyUGuys review “takes us into new territory, leading us a little further down into the inner circles of hell.”
Indiewire review “Nemes uncovers a semblance of optimism in the very act of perseverance against impossible odds”
Variety review “plunges the viewer into a hell that exists beyond the limits of comprehension or representation”