Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A prisoner in a Nazi death camp finds new meaning in life when he finds the body of a young boy and sets off on a personal mission to find purpose in a hopeless situation.
My Take on it – Many people find movies set during the Holocaust to be deeply depressing and purely sad, but I actually enjoy watching these stories because they usually show characters in a story filled with hope, perseverance and faith during a very difficult time in history; both World History in general and Jewish History specifically.
I have wanted to watch this film for months because I had heard it was done superbly and then after it won both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign Film, I knew I’d have to see it despite being very vocal about my dislike for foreign language films.
This is by far one of the best and most engrossing Holocaust movies that I’ve seen in quite some time.
The idea to have us follow one character throughout is pure genius because we get to focus just on what he sees and hears and therefore get to experience things completely from his perspective.
This movie leaves so much to contemplate for quite a long time after it’s over because you continue to ponder the events depicted.
It definitely deserves all of the awards that it has won recently and I’m actually a bit surprised that it wasn’t able to get other nominations besides Best Foreign language Film because the cinematography for instance was superbly shot.
This is a very powerful movie the whole way through and it leaves such an impact on the viewer afterwards.
One of the best movies overall of 2015!
As good as this was though, I can’t say that I plan to rush to see it again very soon because of how powerful it is.
Definitely worth seeing at least once for anyone looking for a powerful and engrossing experience.
The director, Laszlo Nemes has a bright future ahead of him especially since this was his first full length film and I for one, look forward to seeing what he has in store for us in the future.
Bottom Line – One of the best Holocaust movies in a long time. Loved how it feels so personal and we are totally engrossed while following this one character around, seeing only what he sees and hears. Definitely deserving of the Best Foreign Film Oscar this past year but it surprisingly wasn’t up for any other categories. Very powerful and I’m not sure I’d run to see it again but still worth seeing. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director László Nemes came up with the idea of the film from the book The Scrolls of Auschwitz, a collection of witness accounts by Sonderkommando members, after discovering it during the production of Béla Tarr’s The Man from London (2007) in 2005 when he was working as Tarr’s assistant. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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