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On Body and Soul (2017)

Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 2 February 2018 (USA)
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When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.

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Ildikó Enyedi

Writer:

Ildikó Enyedi
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Credited cast:
Géza Morcsányi Géza Morcsányi ... Endre (as Morcsányi Géza)
Alexandra Borbély ... Mária
Zoltán Schneider Zoltán Schneider ... Jenö
Ervin Nagy Ervin Nagy ... Sanyi
Tamás Jordán Tamás Jordán ... Mária's doctor
Zsuzsa Járó Zsuzsa Járó ... Zsuzsa
Réka Tenki Réka Tenki ... Klára
Júlia Nyakó Júlia Nyakó ... Rózsi
Itala Békés Itala Békés ... Zsóka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Éva Bata Éva Bata ... Köves Jutka
Zsófi Bódi Zsófi Bódi ... Piroska
Hanna Csata Hanna Csata ... Kissing girl
István Dankó István Dankó ... Salesman (cd store)
Annamária Fodor Annamária Fodor ... Saleswoman (telephone store)
Attila Fritz Attila Fritz ... Peti
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On the outskirts of Budapest, the ageing recluse, Endre, is the reserved and saturnine manager of a small abattoir, who is used to hiding his disabled left arm along with his emotions behind a busy schedule. And then, unexpectedly, the loner's eye is caught by a shy and graceful newcomer in the office; the young Mária, the plant's cryptic and glacially beautiful quality-control inspector. Strange as it may seem, the slaughterhouse will provide the unorthodox background for a timid affair between the tender outcasts, who, even though they seem to be polar opposites, a small theft within the company's walls will prove that those two definitely share an eerie and almost spiritual bond. However, are the two dreamers, Endre and Mária, ready to embrace the catharsis of love on both body and soul? Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Body and Soul See more »

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Hungary See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Géza Morcsányi had never acted before and is in fact the director of the biggest literary publishing house in Hungary. See more »

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Closing credits: "Some animals were harmed during filming, but none of them for the sake of this film..." See more »


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Watch My Dying
Written and Performed by Gábor Veres
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An unusual love story with soul
3 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As somebody who is disabled and has Aspergers myself, 'On Body and Soul' did resonate a lot with me and really did feel a big emotional connection with it.

'On Body and Soul' is not a perfect film, with the unflinching savage elements (even in the unusual slaughter house setting) not really gelling with the rest of the film and feeling almost gratuitous in the shock value. Having said that, it is also a really beautiful film that was made with a lot of good intentions and heart. Really respected that it handled Aspergers and disability with sensitivity and tact, doing it in a way that makes one genuinely connect with the characters even more so than we do already. It's not overdone and it's not trivialised either.

Unusual a love story that in 'On Body and Soul' is, but it is also one with soul and a lot of pathos. The excellent performances from the two leads Geza Morcsanyi and particularly Alexandra Borbely help bring a genuine poignancy to the story and their chemistry is heartfelt in its realism. Nothing is rushed or far-fetched, it progresses at a realistic rate and it really does look like they are in love. The rest of the cast are also strong but it's all about the two leads.

Visually, 'On Body and Soul' is very well made. It is beautifully filmed and a lot of the imagery is splendidly unsettling. The music is hauntingly beautiful and Ildiko Enyedi's direction is controlled and intelligent, excelling in the connection between human and animal behaviour and the depiction of the alienation of modern urbane living.

The script is nuanced, poignant and thought-provoking, with some pertinent points made about the subjects it explores. Pacing is deliberate but never dull.

Summing up, a very good and often very moving film. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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