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On Body and Soul (2017)

Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
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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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Cast

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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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Body and Soul See more »

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Hungary See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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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El Camino de la Mente Oculta
Written and Performed by Adam Balazs and Kálmán Oláh
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Sensual and Delightful
20 October 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Snowfall in a forest of firs, gentle wind, the soothing sound of flowing water and two deer nuzzling in the mist. Endre and Maria are fastidious loners and mere acquaintances, yet they share this recurring dream. Though Maria has extreme difficulty with physical contact, she strives to overcome this limitation with her vivid imagination and immense desire. The mutual and expanding dreams tug at the pair, body and soul, but so do their fears, obsessions and predilections for solitude.

I loved the sensual nature of the film and the two main characters who delight in little things such as the warmth of sunlight and the brushing of hair with a hand. Close-up photography, of faces, reflections in the water and more, adds another layer of sensuality to the film. Both Endre and Maria work in a slaughterhouse and while the story does not dwell for too long in the raw bloodshed of this, it is enough to make you vow to become a vegetarian. I appreciate the film's slant on the subject, which Endre gives voice to in telling a candidate for a job at the slaughterhouse, "if you don't feel sorry for the cows, you can't work here." The character chemistry seems a little off, as Endre appears much older and uglier than Maria, but maybe it is just me. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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