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Rated R · 107 minutes · 2016

Historical drama
A landmark in the literature of Holocaust films. In filmmaker László Nemes’ terrifying character study, Hungarian Jew Saul Auslander (played by Geza Röhrig), a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz death camp in WWII, is sorting corpses in the gas chamber when he spots the body of a boy the same age as his lost son. Right then Saul decides to give the unknown child a full religious burial, complete with rabbi, in a place where the dead usually depart through a smokestack. Saul’s obsession makes for one of the grimmest, but ultimately one of the most moving, of all Holocaust dramas – keyed by its screenplay (by director Nemes and French writer Clara Royer), Röhrig’s near-wordless performance, the magnificently nerve-wracking sound engineering, and low-key, subjective direction, to counterpoint the horrors taking place just over Saul’s shoulder. A masterpiece (107 min.).
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Director: László Nemes
Producer: Gábor Sipos, Gábor Rajna and Judit Stalter
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Todd Charmont, Sándor Zsótér, Marcin Czarnik, Uwe Lauer, Christian Harting, Kamil Dobrowolski, Amitai Kedar, Juli Jakab and Attila Fritz

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