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On the outskirts of Budapest, the ageing recluse and saturnine manager of a small abattoir, Endre, is used to hiding his disabled left arm along with his emotions behind a busy schedule. Then, unexpectedly, a shy and graceful newcomer in the office catches Endre's eye: Mária, the plant's cryptic and glacially beautiful quality-control inspector. Now, against the backdrop of the cold slaughterhouse and a small theft within the company's walls, an eerie and almost spiritual bond will start to develop between the tender outcasts, as, more and more, their lives become inextricably intertwined. However, are the two dreamers, Endre and Mária, ready to embrace the catharsis of love on both body and soul?Written by
An extremely shocking, and suspenseful, romantic climax!
'ON BODY AND SOUL': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A Hungarian drama which is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards. It tells the tale of two slaughterhouse workers that have been having the same dream every night, in which they meet as deer in the forest. The film was written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi, and it stars Geza Morcsanyi, Alexandra Borbely, Zoltan Schneider, Ervin Nagy and Itala Bekes. It's received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics, and it's won multiple other prestigious awards as well. Netflix is now distributing the movie, in the US, through it's streaming site. I found it to be well made and touching.
Endre (Morcsanyi) is the CFO at a slaughterhouse, which has just employed a young new quality manager named Mária (Borbely). Endre is attracted to Maria, and he tries to converse with her, but she has difficulties talking with people due to her extreme social issues (similar to autism). When there's a minor theft at work, all of the employees are interviewed by a psychologist, as part of the investigation. While they're interviewed, Endre and Mária realize they've been having the same dream every night, in which they're both deer. This creates a very odd relationship between the two.
The movie is really well acted, and the characters seem very believable and real. The slaughterhouse scenes are also really realistic, and extremely disturbing (especially for a vegan like me). The romance of the film is beautiful, and oddly touching too (so are the dream sequences). I especially like that the main female character has such extreme social issues, and a freakishly good memory (these are both things that I can really relate to). There's also an extremely shocking, and suspenseful, romantic climax. It's also oddly touching and weirdly beautiful though. Overall I thought it was a really well made and effective film.
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