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/10
3,323 Ratings

On Body and Soul

Testről és lélekről

Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
Hungary, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

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.

Our take

After an 18-year hiatus, Ildikó Enyedi returned to directing with this serene, astute dissection of loneliness, taking home the top prize at Berlinale and an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. An unexpected love story suffused with surreal beauty and an undercurrent of black humour.

On Body and Soul Directed by Ildikó Enyedi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2017 | 4 wins including: Golden Berlin Bear

2020 | On Transmission

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Awards

2017 | 3 nominations including: European Film

2017 | Winner: European Actress

By the time that romance blooms between Endre and the slaughterhouse’s new safety inspector, Mária (Alexandra Borbély), Enyedi has fashioned a rich dystopian atmosphere out of a reality that people take for granted. Enyedi’s geometric images and flamboyant symbolism make the commonplace of the meat industry seem authentically horrible, while giving an idealized romance the gritty counterpoint it needs to take emotional flight.
January 29, 2018
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On Body and Soul presents an affecting, tender portrait of our search for contact against – and with – the violence we do to others and to ourselves.
October 20, 2017
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Perhaps the most fairytale-like of all the films in competition was Ildikó Enyedi’s Of Body and Soul, which won the Golden Bear. Right from the opening scenes it announces its poeticism… To reveal more here would be unfair to Enyedi’s highly imaginative, frequently humorous film; suffice to say that the camerawork is very impressive throughout. The cast, meanwhile, some of them particularly well chosen for their memorable faces, give fine performances…
February 20, 2017
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