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Son of Saul (2015)
February 11, 2022 9:44 PM -
A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.
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I have never had a movie experience this raw and emotionally devastating save perhaps
Come and See
. It is good, very good, people should watch it, but so brutal I don't know if I could manage a second time.
Compared to other aspects of the Holocaust there has not been a ton of research published about Sonderkommandos, at least not that I've found, partly because there were so few Sonderkommando survivors and probably partly because it is such a difficult topic for a lot of people to deal with. My first exposure to them was through the father's description of one in
. It was sympathetic and I did not know until later that they've been called collaborators--that would honestly never have occurred to me and I think that it is not
place to use that term unless they were there and not as a perpetrator (i.e. Rudolf Höss's opinions can go fuck right off). It is really not up for debate. To me their first-hand accounts, whether interviews or rescued diaries, describe experiences more agonizing and harrowing than anything else I've read, and that's from a history that is defined by agonizing and harrowing experiences. People on the outside who opine "well,
wouldn't have done it" are assholes obsessed with maintaining their self-conception and have never given a single thought to how humans actually react to extreme trauma.
on February 13, 2022
I'm in complete agreement with you, schroedinger. It's useful, I think, to contrast the film with
. Spielberg's work is inarguably a very good movie, but he can't get out of his own way as an auteur, inserting little pops of color, a precise framing of scenes. The result is a film that is memorable for its shots, creating something that is aesthetically beautiful, even when its subject is horrifying.
László Nemes reverses this entirely, setting out very deliberately
to make a beautiful or appealing film. By sticking so claustrophobically close to Saul over the course of a single day and a half, the film narrows the field of vision to a singular experience, and thus
the horror. There's essentially no soundtrack: all is ambient noise and dialogue in eight different languages. The result created one of the most intense experiences I've never had from watching a film... and, like you, not one I think I can repeat any time soon.
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