Movie Review - On Body and Soul (Oscar Nominee)
The film is predicated on a metaphysical idea. Two people who work together at an abattoir and who barely know each other somehow are connected psychically through their dreams. At first, both of them are two very lonely and very damaged people. Through their jobs at the abattoir or a slaughterhouse for cows, we learn about them and their various issues. The movie is divided. It starts off in the point of view of the man and then seamlessly pivots to the point of view of the woman, and it's the latter half involving her that's the most poignant, as we truly feel her loneliness and desperation just to connect with another human being.
Géza Morcsányi stars as Endre, the financial director of a slaughterhouse in Budapest. He's ostensibly the boss of a certain aspect of this factory that kills cows and prepares meat for grocers. He's middle-aged. He doesn't seem to have many friends. He does eat lunch every day with the same guy but their relationship doesn't appear to be too deep. He seems to go home to bed alone every night. His outstanding feature is that his left arm is crippled or paralyzed. It hasn't been amputated, but it's seemingly dead. He can't use it at all.
Enyedi's film is about how these two unlikely people come together and fall in love. It's quirky and it's weird, which is fine, as the two characters are quirky and weird. Where the film loses me is the ending, which suggests that Mária needs Endre to love her or be with her, or else she'll commit suicide. Having this relationship shouldn't be what keeps her from killing herself. Plus, Enyedi doesn't do much with the metaphysical idea besides manifesting it with some well-trained deer in a snowy forest.
Not Rated but contains sex and nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 55 mins.
Available on Netflix.