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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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Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Body and Soul See more »

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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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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Samy Naceri (2017) See more »

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Nem Tudok Elni Nelkuled
Written by Zoltán Németh, Pete Laszlo, József Mezõdi and András Veszelinov
Performed by Apostol
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An extremely shocking, and suspenseful, romantic climax!
9 February 2018 | by HellmantSee 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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