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On Body and Soul (2017)

Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, 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)
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Zoltán Schneider ...
Jenö
Ervin Nagy ...
Tamás Jordán ...
Mária's doctor
Zsuzsa Járó ...
Zsuzsa
Réka Tenki ...
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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Written and Performed by Adam Balazs and Kálmán Oláh
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I loved everything about this film
5 January 2018 | by See 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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