On Body and Soul

Synopsis: When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.
Director(s): Ildikó Enyedi
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations.
116 min


Come down at once.

You'll see, it can't be repaired.

You never come down!

You haven't been down in years.

I know it's not your business,

but you are the boss, after all.

Keep a woman on a short leash

so she knows her place.

You know what I mean. I'm no brute.

But you need structure...

Could you pick the kids up today?

I want to go out with the girls.

- You want to sit with us?

- I'm eating with the girls.

Pick them up, will you?

Don't forget to get them, okay?

Who's that?

What? What is it?

That woman you hired today.

- Why wasn't she sent to my office?

- She's not a laborer.

She's the new quality inspector.

She's replacing Bori.

- She's already due?

- No, she's taking the last 2 months off.

So we've got this woman now.

- I'm not too happy about it.

- Why?

She's pretty stiff.

We might have problems with her.

She talks like this abattoir

came out of her shiny ass.

Maybe she's just shy.

The first day...


See? Just what I was talking about.

I'll check her out.

Don't call her Marika!

I've made that mistake.

Bon apptit.

I'm Endre, the financial director.

Mria Rcz, quality inspector.

I see you choose the garden sorrel too.

It's the only food they can prepare well

here. Not much else, though.

Except the shredded squash, maybe.

I always have pottage here if I can.

You know why?

Perhaps because your arm is crippled.

It's easier to eat mash with one hand.

Look, Marika...

May I call you Marika?

Your friend surely mentioned that

I find it unpleasant to be called that.

Really? No. He didn't.

Then I was wrong. Pardon me.

I find it unpleasant.


- Two?

- Yes.

- How much, Laci?

- 875.


Bon apptit!

I'm Endre, the financial director.

Mria Rcz, quality inspector.

She seems to be lonely.

That's why I came over here.

I'm a bit scared.

I don't know what he wants.

She must be nervous.

I'll pick an ordinary topic.

I see you chose the garden sorrel too.

It's the only food

they can prepare well here.

And shredded squash.

And the shredded squash, maybe.

Not much else, though.

I should answer something now

and then we'd be conversing already.


- Don't walk all over it!

- Okay, okay, sorry.

- I'll get your coffee right away.

- Thanks!

I'm making yours in a sec!

You're in no hurry, are you?

- Here you go.

- Thank you!

And he says it's not overtime!

Why on earth not?

Look at her huddled alone in the dark...

- Should we ask her to join us?

- Their kind has coffee upstairs.

- Bori always had her coffee with us.

- That was Bori.

Well, I'm asking her anyway.

- Hello, doctor!

- Hello.

Watch out, please.

I don't add salt, to keep it soft.

Only after.

- Jzsi, this is Grade B?

- Fuckin' yes...

I can't believe it!

I work out.

Three times a week.

There won't be a problem with my strength.

People always say

I should do something

with my excess energy.

I'm not aggressive or anything,

I've only mentioned...

What else can I tell you?

After my training I worked at...

I'd like to ask you something, young man.

- What's your name again?

- Sndor Mark.

Sndor, what do you think

about these animals

whom we process here... so to say.


I don't think anything.

What should I think?

- Don't you feel sorry for them?

- Not me. Bam!

I see...

Is there a problem?

Is there a problem?

Blood never bothered me.

Look, if you don't feel sorry for them,

that's not going to work here.

You can't work here like that.

So it was a trick question, right? If I

say I feel sorry for them, I'm neurotic.

You'll have a breakdown.

Find some other job.

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Ildikó Enyedi

Ildikó Enyedi (born 15 November 1955) is a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. She has directed eight films since 1989. Her father, George Enyedi, was a geographer and economist who played a major role in the long-term development of regional science. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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