Son of Saul - László Nemes (2015)
Very strong story about the two last days in the life of Saul, Hungarian prisoner in Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, the special force that cleaned up and got rid of the corpses and belongings of those who were sendt to the gas chambers. One day he believes he sees his son among the bodies, and gets obsessed with finding a rabbi who can say the ritual prayers for the death. At the same time the prisoners are planning a uprising and escape.
The movie shows in a very original way the need for dignity and freedom at the same time, and that these are close interconnected. It is no use of freedom if we don't respect each individual person.
And then there is a second theme, a psychological one; this is about guilt; Saul didn't take care of this son in pre-war times, now he has to make up for that in the afterlife - even if it brings Saul to death. Many people Saul has lead into death and treated just as things, now he finally has one individual he cares for.
The movie is for large parts only the face of Saul, with the background and the violence blurred out. This is a genial way to show Saul's inner world, as us, he can not relate to all the evil he sees and takes part in. It is impossible for a human to be emotional involved in the sufferings and death of so many people every day.
For the viewer it is unnecessary to show all the grotesque killings; we know perfectly well what horror that these people had to endure.
The movie is without soundtrack, no music, just the sounds from the activities going on in the extermination camp; a strong effect that amplifies the blurring in the picture.
It is a movie not easily forgotten as it goes both to your brain and your heart. Is this the best movie in 2016 already?