On Body and Soul (Teströl és lélekröl)
Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
Hungary, 2017, 116'
Screenplay: Ildikó Enyedi
Cinematography: Máté Herbai
Music: Ádám Balázs
Editing: Károly Szalai
Cast: Alexandra Borbély (Mária), Géza Morcsányi (Endre), Réka Tenki (Klára), Zoltán Schneider (Jenő), Ervin Nagy (Sándor), Itala Békés (Zsóka, cleaning lady), Éva Bata (Jenő's wife), Pál Mácsai (detective)
Festivals, awards (selection)
Berlinale 2017 (Golden Bear, FIPRESCI Prize), Sydney 2017 (Best Film)
A love story set in a slaughterhouse, the visually stunning On Body and Soul explores the connection between physical and emotional estrangement. 2017 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Award.
No sooner does Mária start work as the new quality controller than the rumours begin. At lunch the young woman always chooses a table on her own in the canteen where she sits in silence. She takes her job seriously and adheres strictly to the rules. Her quite older boss Endre is also the quiet type. Tentatively, they begin to get to know each other. Recognising their spiritual kinship, they are amazed to discover that they even have the same dreams at night.
“I think there are so many signs that we have to reinvent our lives on both a small and a large scale. Private lives are so much about how society is constructed, like they’re interdependent. So if we think about private lives, we have to think about how society is organised. So if you live in conditions that are against living a full life, then you get sick in a way. Society sees to that. And maybe you go to a therapist, or you start drinking, or you beat your family, or whatever. These are the signs that not everything is OK! So, my two heroes don’t feel right in their skin, and they close themselves off.” (Ildikó Enyedi)