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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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Credited cast:
Géza Morcsányi ... Endre (as Morcsányi Géza)
... Mária
Zoltán Schneider ... Jenö
Ervin Nagy ... Sanyi
Tamás Jordán ... Mária's doctor
Zsuzsa Járó ... Zsuzsa
Réka Tenki ... Klára
Júlia Nyakó ... Rózsi
Itala Békés ... Zsóka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Éva Bata ... Köves Jutka
Zsófi Bódi ... Piroska
Hanna Csata ... Kissing girl
István Dankó ... Salesman (cd store)
Annamária Fodor ... Saleswoman (telephone store)
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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On Body and Soul (2017) is director Ildikó Enyedi's first feature film in 18 years. 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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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Samy Naceri (2017) See more »

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An extremely shocking, and suspenseful, romantic climax!
9 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

'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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