Cube Critic: Son of Saul

Son of Saul
Geza Rohrig as Saul in Son of Saul. (Ildi Hermann/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics, via NPR)
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MPR Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Jade and Sean McPherson to talk about "Son of Saul", a 2015 Hungarian drama film and Oscar contender.

"One of the best movies of the year is opening today," Stephanie says.

The film, nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, is about a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp who tries to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial.

Stephanie says you don't always know what's going on in the movie, and there's not heavy dialogue and exposition to lean on. "Just shhhh and watch it," Stephanie says.

Interestingly, Stephanie says "Son of Saul" uses a first-time director and stars a first-time actor.

"It's a devastating, harrowing film," Stephanie says. "And it's a beautiful movie. It's just astonishing."

"Son of Saul" is rated R and is playing at the Uptown Theater in Minneapolis.

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MPR's Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, join The Current's Morning Show to talk about films every Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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