More than 43,000 Canadians were killed in World War II. As we remember their sacrifice, it's also important to remember what they were fighting for, and film can offer an unbearable window into the terrible truth of what was happening in Europe at the time. Son of Saul
is a Hungarian film which played at TIFF '15 and won the Grand Prix at Cannes last year. It plunges viewers into Auschwitz in 1944 and tells the story of a man who has been forced to burn the corpses of his fellow prisoners. When he comes across the body of a boy he believes to be his son, he finds renewed purpose in trying to arrange a religious burial for the child. Shot in claustrophobic style, with cinematography that emphasizes shadows and the colours of sickness, the film has been praised for its unflinching depiction of the realities of the Holocaust. As Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw put it in his five-star review
, "Nemes’s film has found a way to create a fictional drama with a gaunt, fierce kind of courage – the kind of courage, perhaps, that it takes to watch it."