Two introverted people, both workers at an abattoir, find out by chance that they share the same dream every night. At first, they are puzzled and incredulous, but as they begin to accept this strange coincidence, they try to recreate in broad daylight what happens in their shared subconscious.
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TIFF '17 Enyedi's first feature in 18 years is a strange but wonderful film that like her earlier work weaves magic and hope into the most bleak of places. Two abattoir workers find themselves having shared dreams of being deer in a pastoral setting but the barriers they've built around themselves both physical and mental seem to thwart them being together. Performances by leads Morcsanyi and Borbely are superb.
It has a beautiful cinematography and an almost perfect story, drama interlocking subtle comedy (although I must admit I am too an introvert and I didn't find funny some scenes, while many people around me were laughing copiously). In my opinion, I can read too much haughtiness into the directors' choices of characters for the two psychologists. Or is the irony for everyone? I'm wondering on whose side she is...
This really happens, that people can share the same dream at night. It happened to my friend and a woman who lived on the other side of the warehouse we lived in. They would meet in dreamworld and make love. The next day they would talk about it. After a few days, the woman asked my friend not to have sex with her in their dreams anymore. He said "OK" but then that night he did anyway. The next morning she moved out.
Storywise, this beautifully shot film could be a sequel to Lanthimos' The Lobster, as if the 'dreams' were in fact a reality while the meat factory was turned out to be a dream, and formerly human animals are given a chance to find interspecies love, therefore transforming them back into their original form.
Whimsical and beautiful (sometimes funny) love story between two quite people.
There's some tone inconsistencies, but the overall narrative is seamlessly in mixing magical and mundane reality in order to evoke a contemplative sentiment.
For the faint-hearted, beware for some graphic gore and blood.
The European Union is a satanic organization that sacrifices innocent cows before our eyes then proceeds to show us two sore losers falling in love to make other sore losers feel good about watching this shitcrap of a film. Disgusting, but mostly a waste of time.