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On Body and Soul (2017)

Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 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.

Director:

Ildikó Enyedi

Writer:

Ildikó Enyedi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Borbély ... Mária / Doctor
Géza Morcsányi Géza Morcsányi ... Endre / Manager (as Morcsányi Géza)
Réka Tenki ... Klára / psychologist
Zoltán Schneider Zoltán Schneider ... Jenö / HR manager
Ervin Nagy Ervin Nagy ... Sanyi / womanizer
Itala Békés Itala Békés ... Zsóka / older worker
Tamás Jordán ... Mária's therapist
Éva Bata Éva Bata ... Jenö felesége / Jenö's wife
Pál Mácsai Pál Mácsai ... Investigator
Zsuzsa Járó Zsuzsa Járó ... Zsuzsa / Endre's daughter
Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei ... Sári / cleaning woman
Vivien Rujder Vivien Rujder ... CD store saleswoman
István Dankó István Dankó ... CD store salesman
László Tóth László Tóth ... Shopkeeper
Júlia Nyakó Júlia Nyakó ... Rózsi / lover (as Juli Nyakó)
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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We meet at night. In our dreams.


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Trivia

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

Goofs

During Endre's (Géza Morcsány) interview with the psychologist he states he dreamt he was a deer and not alone, at around the thirty four minute mark the psychologist asks him, "Was it another Stag or Doe?" She should have asked if it was another Stag or Hind? Hind being the correct mate for a Stag whilst Doe is the mate for a Buck. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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Nem Tudok Elni Nelkuled
Written by Zoltán Németh, Pete Laszlo, József Mezõdi and András Veszelinov
Performed by Zoltán Németh (as Apostol)
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I loved everything about this film
5 January 2018 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

Who would have thought that scenes of two deer, slowly moving through a snowy forest, could be so meaningful? Apart from being beautiful nature shots, there is a special meaning to them in this film, when it turns out that the two protagonists both dream of being a deer. That's the magic of cinema: to give images a deeper emotional meaning than they seem to have at first sight.

I loved everything about this film. The slightly bizarre story to begin with: two people discover that they're having the same dream every night. The way they discover this is priceless in itself. I also loved the two characters: both are slightly handicapped, one physically and the other one emotionally. Actress Alexandra Borbély is great, playing a girl with autistic spectrum disorder. And above all I loved the way the director takes her time to let the story develop: slowly but very deliberately, taking care of every small meaningful detail.

This is a very tender movie. The viewer can't help but sympathize with these two lonely people, both trying so hard to understand each other. It's making a great case for human dignity, mutual understanding and tolerance.


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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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$2,131,259
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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