Oscars: Read THR's Reviews of the Foreign-Language Nominees

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Hungary's 'Son of Saul'

See what our critics had to say about all five movies.

Five movies are nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Vying for the honor are Embrace of the Serpent from Colombia, French entry Mustang, Hungary's Son of Saul, Jordan's Theeb and A War from Denmark.

Read The Hollywood Reporter's reviews of all five films below, and click here for THR's complete coverage of the Oscars.

Embrace of the Serpent
The black-and-white Amazonian drama, directed by Colombia's Ciro Guerra, tells two stories set in 1909 and 1940, respectively. Read the review.

Mustang
Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Turkish-language French contender features five sisters looking for their place in a society that wants them to take on traditional female roles. Read the review.

Son of Saul
Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' first feature, which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival competition lineup last year, tells the story of a Jewish prisoner and Sonderkommando worker who must clear bodies from gas chambers and finds the corpse of a boy he claims is his son. Read the review.

Theeb
U.K.-born, Jordan-based filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar's debut feature focuses on a Bedouin boy who must grow up quickly to survive in the 1916 Arabian desert.  Read the review.

A War 
Tobias Lindholm's ripped-from-the-headlines drama is about a Danish commander in Afghanistan who makes a decision that affects his family's life when he returns home. Read the review.

 

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