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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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
Visually arresting images of nature, tranquil and horrific juxtaposed to illustrate the wonder of animal sentience and a not-so unusual May-December affair.
Stunningly photographed interiors of abbatoir whilst witnessing the brutality of genuine animal slaughter, captured cinematically to serve as a document. Such barbarity in a cold, sterile place but is then revealed to be populated by employees that are wacky, colorful, whimsical.
Certain scenes could only be described hodgepodge of contradictory emotions and adjectives going through all at once yet the film is still remarkable in the simplicity of the story in telling the serendipitous way two lonely people discovering that they might be kindred spirits.
My rating: A-flat.
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