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On Body and Soul (2017)

Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 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

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Ildikó Enyedi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Borbély ... Mária
Géza Morcsányi Géza Morcsányi ... Endre (as Morcsányi Géza)
Réka Tenki ... Klára
Zoltán Schneider Zoltán Schneider ... Jenö
Ervin Nagy Ervin Nagy ... Sanyi
Itala Békés Itala Békés ... Zsóka
Tamás Jordán Tamás Jordán ... Mária's doctor
Éva Bata Éva Bata ... Köves Jutka
Pál Mácsai Pál Mácsai ... Investigator
Zsuzsa Járó Zsuzsa Járó ... Zsuzsa
Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei ... Sári
Vivien Rujder Vivien Rujder ... Saleswoman (CD store)
István Dankó István Dankó ... Salesman (CD store)
László Tóth László Tóth ... Shopkeeper
Júlia Nyakó Júlia Nyakó ... Rózsi (as Juli Nyakó)
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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 Nick Riganas

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We meet at night. In our dreams.


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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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$2,131,259
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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 »

Goofs

During Endre's (Géza Morcsány) interview with the psychologist he states he dreamt he was a deer and not alone, at around the thirty four minute mark the psychologist asks him, "Was it another Stag or Doe?" She should have asked if it was another Stag or Hind? Hind being the correct mate for a Stag whilst Doe is the mate for a Buck. 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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Unusual love story in unusual setting, very well portraying two main protagonists, both not socially streetwise. Golden Bear winner at Berlinale 2017
22 February 2017 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this at the Berlinale film festival 2017, where it was part of the official Competition. Possibly a spoiler but no secret anymore: It won the Golden Bear for best film. Unusual love story in an even more unusual setting, namely a slaughterhouse. The two main protagonists, the financial director and a newly appointed quality controller, are both not socially streetwise. Their personalities with their deviancies are very well portrayed, letting them stand out from cardboard characters that appear in some (other) love stories.

The movie opens in a forest where we see one male and one female deer, watching each other from a distance. At later moments, we see variations of the same scene. But before we think this is some form of running gag, we get the reason why it is important and why it is repeated with small variations. It comes to light as a side effect of a psychological screening of all personnel working in the slaughterhouse, that the two main protagonists have identical dreams at night with said two deer in a forest. Initially, they both consider it unbelievable. And the resident psychologist even assumes that she is the victim of a practical joke, and does not believe it either. Their disbelief ends when they compare notes, and observe the similarities as well as the progress in the dreams, in hindsight easy to be derived from our knowledge what to look for as the couple grows closer together in cautious steps.

All in all, the screenplay demonstrates very well how the two main protagonists get attracted to each other, and how the rest of the slaughterhouse staff behaves around them. They are not exactly outcasts but not an integral part of the social structure either, so gossip and unfriendly comments are to be expected. The slow progress in their courtship is juxtaposed with the two deer in their respective dreams who come closer together in tiny steps. It is all very unusual, but one never gets the feeling that it is too far-fetched.


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