Run time: 105 mins
Jonathan Glazer’s haunting masterpiece navigates the delicate balance between ordinary life and the unspeakable horrors of the Second World War.
Offering a unique and emotionally intense perspective on the life of Rudolf Hoss, the commandant of Auschwitz, and his family just outside the camp’s walls, the film focuses on the idyllic day to day activities of Hoss, his wife Hedwig, and their children, despite the brutality occurring inside. Skillfully keeping much of the horror off-screen, the narrative instead relies on suggestion and imagination to convey the truth of what’s happening around them, juxtaposing everyday life against a backdrop of unimaginable suffering. The evil is unseen but underlying. This is about what we don’t see but, more importantly, what we choose not to see.
Complemented by captivating performances from Christian Friedel and Sandra Huller, meticulous cinematography and a harrowing score from Mica Levi, Glazer crafts an immersive journey unlike anything in recent memory. Forcing us to confront our own complacency amid the haunting realities of a dark chapter in history, it’s a riveting, unmissable cinematic achievement and a powerful reminder of the ongoing atrocities in the world