Körper und Seele

A film by Ildikó Enyedi. In hun­ga­ri­an with ger­man subtitles.

Winner: Golden Baer – Berlinale 2017.

A slaugh­ter­house in Budapest is the set­ting of a stran­ge­ly beau­tiful love sto­ry. No soo­ner does Mária start work as the new qua­li­ty con­trol­ler than the whis­pers begin. At lunch the young woman always choo­ses a table on her own in the ste­ri­le can­teen whe­re she sits in silence. She takes her job serious­ly and adhe­res strict­ly to the rules, deduc­ting penal­ty points for every exces­si­ve oun­ce of fat. Hers is a world that con­sists of figu­res and data that have imprin­ted them­sel­ves on her memo­ry sin­ce ear­ly child­hood. Her slight­ly 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. Carefully, they attempt to make them come true. This sto­ry of two peo­p­le dis­co­ve­ring the realm of emo­ti­ons and phy­si­cal desi­re, at first indi­vi­du­al­ly and then tog­e­ther, is ten­der­ly told by direc­tor Ildikó Enyedi, but in a way that also exu­des subt­le humour. A film about the fears and inhi­bi­ti­ons asso­cia­ted with ope­ning up to others, and about how exhi­la­ra­ting it can be when you final­ly do.

Testről és lélekről
Ungarn 2017, unga­ri­sche OmU, 116 Min.

Regie, Buch: Ildikó Enyedi
Kamera: Máté Herbai
Schnitt: Károly Szalai

Alexandra Borbély (Mária)
Géza Morcsányi (Endre)
Réka Tenki (Klára)
Zoltán Schneider (Jenő)
Ervin Nagy (Sándor)
Itala Békés (Zsóka, Putzfrau)
Éva Bata (Jenős Frau)
Pál Mácsai (Detektiv)
Zsuzsa Járó (Zsuzsa)
Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei (Sári, Arbeiterin im Schlachthaus)