On Body & Soul 116 mins

  • On Body & Soul
  • On Body & Soul
  • On Body & Soul

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Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, On Body and Soul is about the unconventional romance between two co-workers who discover that each night they have exactly the same dreams.

Following an 18-year break in feature filmmaking, Ildikó Enyedi has returned with this visually ravishing love story. Endre is the director of a Budapest abattoir. Slightly grizzled, he seems to have lived an eventful life that has eventually come to a stage of solitude.

When Maria begins working as a quality controller at his company, Endre is clearly attracted to her. Their interactions, however, are extremely awkward. By chance, the two discover that each night they share exactly the same beautiful dream of a pair of deer frolicking in the woods. Despite their incredulity, they feel compelled to attempt a romance to match their shared visions, but real life proves more difficult.

Enyedi contrasts idyllic dream sequences with gory images in the slaughterhouse, creating a compelling metaphor for the struggle for human connection. Spellbinding and mysterious, On Body and Soul touchingly shows love emerging out of the darkness.


"Startling and original love story a dream come true" THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
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"Striking, emotional drama" SCREEN DAILY

"Enyedi's film blends mournfully poetic whimsy with stabs of visceral brute reality." VARIETY

"A captivating possibility for human communion in a tale full of tragi-comic existentialism … a really delightfully different piece of filmmaking." SCREEN ANARCHY

Screening exclusively at Cinema Paradiso from May 10.

"Ildiko Enyedi is surely one of the most interesting and inventive of contemporary filmmakers."
"Intriguing and original."
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Friday, 25 May
1:30PM 6:15PM 8:30PM 
Saturday, 26 May
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Sunday, 27 May
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Monday, 28 May
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Tuesday, 29 May
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Wednesday, 30 May
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