I'd rather watch the deer sequence for the length of the whole film. This film feels like it's desperately striving to be deep (petty playmobil recreations, heavy handed "metaphoric" work, "cool/modern" stripped down narrative, and inexplicable female protagonist, Maria). Why is she an oddball? Because it really isn't woven into the narrative, her character comes across as a petty attempt to hold our attention. 2.5
Since the times of Plato, Aristotle & Plotinus most believe soul has a life of its own. And some interpret dreams as the proof for astral travel. In Enyedi's film, two souls come together in dreams. But their bodies are separate and they are imprisoned in their own bodies. Both then realize that body is the door to the pleasures of soul. (Not enough space, so hoping that this little summary suffices.)
An enthralling and beautifully textured and unusual romance between two introverts at an abattoir. The subject matter is adult in the best sense; the film is precise but crucially never stark, in fact as the film progresses it becomes more sensual and alive as these two people get to know each other. The performances are exquisite and faultless, the film is also very funny, and above all absolutely truthful.
A magnificent film, hard-hitting & honest. The pace was superb; the characterisation excellent; & the whole thing beautifully shot. Did it win an Oscar? I don't know - I think few judges would hold their nerve around the abattoir scenes - but I thought the film all the braver for it. This is a film about sensation, of every shade & intensity, and the images will resonate with me for a long time, I'm sure. Masterful.
This film doesn't pull its punches, I got up and turned it off at one point, but it's so beautifully shot, with exquisite pacing I knew I had to continue. The character development is brilliant even down to the supporting cast. such an emotional ride - wonderful, graphic, poignant.