Son of Saul and Serious Holiday Fare

Coming to theaters this holiday season are a slew of romantic throwbacks to days gone by (and sometimes not-so-flatteringly). However, through the cracks a film is emerging that may not have you thinking, “God, I have to see THIS instead of Anomalisa or Carol or The Danish Girl“. No, instead I propose that the must see film of the holiday season is the tired and true Nazi concentration story we’ve seen time and time again.

I’m talking about Son of Saul

Synopsis: Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.


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Lunchboxes, Clay, and Dinner

Over the past decades technology and globalization have increasingly leveled the playing field in terms of the cinematic quality of films across the globe. In turn, many foreign films, previously unique in form, have begun to gain an increasingly Hollywood aesthetic. This “Hollywood-ization” of foreign cinema is nowhere more evident in films like Italy’s The Double Hour, or France’s  Heartbreaker. This year India shows it too has joined the global 1D aesthetic with The Lunchbox, an endearing film so local in story yet universal in theme.

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