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...
After finishing this, I thought at first about not movie itself, but Paul Verhoeven, who gives this movie golden bear even if he made such brutal and lascivious movies. I saw his delicate sensibility behind his grotesque heart.
I'm incredibly surprised how emotionally involved I was with this film. I was put off by the graphic visceral violence at the beginning, but I ultimately it's probably one of the most surreal and beautifully told love story in recent history. Can anyone in the Mubi community explain me why so many Hungarian films I've seen, portraits graphic violence towards animals in slaughterhouses? Is it a recurring theme?
There is seemimgly nothing remarkable in this tale of love and salvation but the pristine elegance of its execution. Enyedi delivers a delightful little piece born out of the ordinary but ultimately elevated to higher summits in a powerful statement, gradually building up towards a modest crescendo of sentiment and sheer class.