On Body and Soul (2017)

On Body and Soul (2017)
On Body and Soul posterRating: 7.7/10 (14,310 votes)
Director: Ildikó Enyedi
Writer: Ildikó Enyedi
Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy
Runtime: 116 min
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 02 Feb 2018
Plot: 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.

On Body and Soul (2017)

On Body and Soul (Hungarian: Testről és lélekről) is a 2017 Hungarian drama film written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi. It won the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. At Berlin it also won the FIPRESCI Prizeand the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.It was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards.Alexandra Borbély won the European Actress award at the European Film Awards for her performance in the film

Endre, a CFO at an abattoir, and Mária, the newly hired quality inspector, experience a recurring dream of being a pair of deer in the forest, though they are not aware that it is a shared dream.

Mária is immediately unpopular at work for her autistic behaviour and uncompromising grading of the abattoir’s meat quality. Though Endre tries to befriend her, she quickly becomes uncomfortable with the interaction and rudely comments on his lame left arm. However, she repeats the conversation to herself that night, analyzing where she made her mistakes. Meanwhile, the abattoir hires a new butcher, Sanyi, who Endre takes a quick dislike to due to his cocky demeanor and unsympathetic view towards the slaughtered animals.

The abattoir is put under investigation when mating powder is stolen from the inventory; Endre and his friend Jenő both suspect that Sanyi is the culprit. A psychologist is hired to perform personality tests on the workers to discover the culprit. The workers are asked questions on the history of their sexuality and physical development, as well as what they dreamed the night before. When Endre and Mária both report the same dream, the psychologist assumes they are playing a prank. Though Endre and Mária are both skeptical, they realize that they are indeed experiencing the same dream and grow closer. Though Mária’s behavior temporarily drives Endre away, they eventually form a tight bond. Endre also learns that Jenő stole the mating powder, but chooses not to inform the police as there are no victims, and he apologizes to Sanyi for suspecting him.

Endre and Mária decide to fall asleep in the same room one night, but both are unable to sleep. Although she loves him, Mária shuts down when Endre touches her after a night of playing cards, leaving Endre offended and confused. The incident affects Mária, and she begins to open herself up to new experiences and sensations, such as listening to romantic music, watching pornography, and observing couples at the park.

However, Endre has grown pessimistic about their budding relationship and calls it off. He sleeps with another woman, though the encounter leaves him disappointed. A devastated Mária prepares to commit suicide at home, calmly slitting her wrist in the bathtub. The suicide is interrupted by Endre calling her, and after a short and awkward conversation, he reveals that he loves her, which Mária reciprocates. After getting her wound bandaged, she goes to Endre’s home, where they make love. After falling asleep, they wake up to realize that neither of them dreamed the night before.


Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély

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