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On Body and Soul

Testről és lélekről

Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
Hungary, 2017


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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On Body and Soul Directed by Ildikó Enyedi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2017 | 4 wins including: Golden Berlin Bear

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Awards

2017 | 3 nominations including: European Film

2017 | Winner: European Actress

Granted, there are specific obstacles to raising money for films in Hungary, and probably more if you happen to be a woman – but maybe Enyedi’s cinema is so precious because it comes so sparingly, like a rare essence of perfume that took years to make and, encapsulated in a small bottle, enraptures you. The presence of the “soul” is not obvious – it is suggested or whispered, as an “afterimage” that keeps its mystery.
March 21, 2018
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It presents us with both the aestheticisation and the normalisation of violence, turning its implications back onto the spectator. The film’s depiction of female suffering and self-inflected violence echo these earlier scenes at the abattoir, treading a fine line between formal affectivity and aestheticisation as exploitation. Ultimately, however, 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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The film evolves into a surprisingly touching metaphor for the randomness and helplessness of falling in love, which is, after all, part of its appeal. And whenever it’s in danger of becoming too precious, Enyedi provides us with a moment of black humor or some other, forensically unsqueamish proof that she is anything but precious.
October 09, 2017
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