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On Body and Soul

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unforgettable romantic drama has graphic sex and violence.

Movie NR 2017 116 minutes
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The viewer's patience is rewarded tenfold in the Hungarian film On Body and Soul. The slow pacing, lack of the usual Hollywood bag of tricks employed to keep everyone entertained, and minor conflicts that only hint at the overall theme of the movie require some adjustment. But with the space and time allotted to give the actors room to fully develop the lead characters as they struggle to connect with their worlds and each other, what emerges is a romance unlike any previously told. Through their shared recurring dream and their awkward interactions in waking life, Endre and Maria reveal the universal dichotomy of the human yearning for love, and obstacles that prevent it from happening.

It's an unforgettable movie on many levels, but it's worth mentioning that, unlike most romantic movies, it isn't until the very last moments of On Body and Soul that you know how it will end. The patience of scenes that seemed slow and filled with the workaday banality (the movie is mostly set in a slaughterhouse) of office gossip and petty rivalries is rewarded by this ending. The strange path to get there is revealed for the brilliance that it was. And that message is one worth experiencing.

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