On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul

Two co-workers discover that each night they have exactly the same dreams in this Hungarian drama. Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear. More

"Endre (Géza Morcsányi) is the director of a Budapest abattoir. Slightly grizzled, he seems to have lived an eventful life that has eventually come to a stage of solitude. When Maria (Alexandra Borbély) begins working as a quality controller at his company, Endre is clearly attracted to her. Their interactions, however, are extremely awkward. By chance, the two discover that each night they share exactly the same beautiful dream of a pair of deer frolicking in the woods. Despite their incredulity, they feel compelled to attempt a romance to match their shared visions, but real life proves more difficult. Enyedi contrasts idyllic dream sequences with gory images in the slaughterhouse, creating a compelling metaphor for the struggle for human connection." (Sydney Film Festival)

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2017Rating: R18, Attempted suicide, explicit sexual images & animal slaughter116 minsHungaryHungarian with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

On Body and Soul | Awards

Award Winner
Winner of the Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film, the FIPRESCI Prize, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost", 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

On Body and Soul | Reviews

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Is there a harsher juxtaposition than bucolic images of nature followed by bodies being slaughtered? Hungarian writer/director Ildiko Enyedi's intensely contemplative drama​ On Body and Soul, which has won a slew of awards including top prize at last year’s Sydney Film Festival, begins with beautiful icy-blue shots of deer in snowy wilderness, then violently changes tempo – venturing inside an abattoir in Budapest, where cows look dolefully into the lens. We discover those images of deer enter the minds of the film’s lead characters while they sleep. Will the abattoir symbolise the death of dreams? Or the difference, perhaps, between fantasy and meat hook reality?

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Variety

Variety

A determinedly eccentric but intermittently startling misfit romance that marks a singular return to feature filmmaking for Hungarian writer-director Ildikó Enyedi after an 18-year gap.

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Total Film

Total Film

This offally appealing arthouse tale of elusive love in an abattoir is a prime-cut, for the strong-of-stomach.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's a slow, quiet and beautifully composed story about human connection, or more specifically, the difficulty in finding it.

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The Times

The Times

It's a haunting film, with the blood, the dreams and the deer, but never wilfully obscure. Just slightly off kilter. Like life.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's a love story and one of the most startling, original, and poised films of the year.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Delicate psychological insight, a strong aesthetic signature and two affecting, restrained performances by Alexandra Borbély and Géza Morcsányi overcome any familiarity, as well as occasional hints of preciousness.

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NPR

NPR

The plot mechanism that links these ideas and images is, we'll just say, grossly misjudged.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A rich and strange tale of thwarted sexuality that takes a tad too long to get to the point.

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