Hungary; Directed by Ildikó Enyedi

Director & Writer: Ildikó Enyedi
Producers: Ernő Mesterházy, András Muhi, and Mónika Mécs
Cinematography: Máté Herbai
Editor: Károly Szalai
Composer: Ádám Balázs
Distributor: Netflix
Release Date: November 12, 2017
Run-time: 116 minutes

FILM SYNOPSIS: Endre, the financial director of a slaughterhouse in Budapest, is interested in Mária, the new quality control inspector, but her icy demeanor makes her difficult to approach even though she shares his feelings. When they learn that they dream the same dreams every night, the couple tentatively embarks on a real-life relationship.

“On Body and Soul” is the reason I do the Oscars Challenge. I don’t just do it to see all the Academy Award nominees, I do it to discover new films that I might not have caught otherwise. And “On Body and Soul” is definitely that. This bizarre love story between two completely opposite employees is unlike any romantic drama I have ever seen. Not only is the leading lady portraying a woman that is definitely on the spectrum, as far as not knowing how to relate to people her age, still seeing a child psychologist, even though she’s a grown woman, but the kicker of the entire film is that these two characters are sharing the same dream. Every night that they go to sleep, they are both deer in their dream, something running around with each other or searching for food or drinking from a stream. Once they coincidentally find out that they’re having the same dream they eventually pursue one another romantically. But because the woman is so out of touch, she often comes off as not interested or abrasive, which makes the challenges for this couple that much more fun to watch.

Personally, this is my favorite foreign language film of the bunch to far and I believe it will be hard to beat it. Do I think it has a chance winning the whole category? Not really. As much as I liked it, all the buzz has been going for “A Fantastic Woman” and “The Square.” “On Body and Soul” was likely lucky to get a nomination as “In The Fade” missed out on the final cut. I find it more enjoyable than even “The Insult” because it is so unique and so memorable and if I were giving out this award, it would likely go to this one. However, “A Fantastic Woman” tackles the transgender life in Chile after the death of a lover and “The Square” has a little more star power, with Elisabeth Moss starring, so for those reasons alone, they will likely edge out a victory over this one.


1968 (41st) “The Boys Of Paul Street” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
1974 (47th) “Cat’s Play” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
1978 (51st) “Hungarians” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
1980 (53rd) “Confidence” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
1981 (54th) “Mephisto” Won Best Foreign Language Feature
1983 (56th) “Job’s Revolt” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
1985 (58th) “Colonel Redl” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
1988 (61st) “Hanussen” Nominated Best Foreign Language Feature
2015 (88th) “Son Of Saul” Won Best Foreign Language Feature


VIEWED: Sunday
February 4th, 2018



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