On Body and Soul
Time Out says
Love blossoms in the slaughterhouse in a beautiful and bloody romance from Hungary
It arrives armed with a host of international awards, including an Oscar nomination and the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize, and it does not disappoint. Hungarian drama On Body and Soul portrays a romance between two lonely employees of a Budapest slaughterhouse who discover that they are sharing simultaneous dreams in which they are a stag and a doe inhabiting a snowy forest. Endre (Géza Morcsányi) is the abattoir’s ageing financial director and Maria (Alexandra Borbély) is the clever, considerably younger new quality inspector who is somewhere on the autism spectrum. Compassionately framed but nonetheless graphic images of the killing of cows contrast with the tender awakening of Endre and Maria to an attraction that has a spiritual dimension. Writer-director Ildiko Enyedi takes this magic realist scenario in directions that are blackly comedic, wedding the mysteries of the heart with the inescapable mess of human corporeality. Few romance movies are as bloody, and even fewer as enchanting.