Romances rarely seem more eccentric than the one between Endre, the kind, older and partially maimed manager of an industrial slaughterhouse, and Maria, the abattoir’s new quality and hygiene inspector, a shy, awkward woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. When a special Viagra-like potion for the cattle goes missing, the police suggest that Endre consult a psychologist (Reka Tenki, also in this year’s Budapest Noir) to develop a profile of the possible thief. Under her questioning, Endre and Maria discover that their nightly dreams share the exact same imagery: a doe and a buck wandering in a primeval, snow-covered forest. As we chart what these two misfits do with that information, director/writer Ildikó Enyedi plays with dualities in a tone that is both exhilarating and disturbing. On Body and Soul is both surreal and sensual, an engrossing, provocative dream of a film. Winner: Golden Bear (Best Film), Berlin; Best Film, Sydney
In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.
|Original Language Title:||Teströl és lélekröl|
|Running Time:||116 minutes|
|Awards:||Academy Award Shortlist, Best Foreign Language Film; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Best Film (Golden Berlin Bear), Berlin International Film Festival|
|Producers:||Monika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterházy|
|Principal Cast:||Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy|