ON BODY AND SOUL

Slaugh­ter­house two…

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CER­TIFI­CATE 18 DI­REC­TOR Ildikó Enyedi STAR­RING Géza Morc­sányi, Alexan­dra Bor­bély, Zoltán Sch­nei­der SCREEN­PLAY Ildikó Enyedi DIS­TRIB­U­TOR MUBI RUN­NING TIME 116 mins

more about sweet­breads than sweet noth­ings, this off­beat but ab­sorb­ing Hun­gar­ian love story (the Golden Bear win­ner at this year’s Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val) nim­bly com­bines art­house dreami­ness with bru­tal ev­ery­day re­al­i­ties. Pos­si­bly the only cin­ema ro­mance fea­tur­ing un­flinch­ing abat­toir ac­tion, its tale of lonely Bu­dapest slaugh­ter­house man­agers dis­cov­er­ing a mys­tic con­nec­tion is weirdly com­pelling.

Vet­eran di­rec­tor Ildikó Enyedi’s slow-burn dram­edy is lan­guorously paced but full of emo­tional sus­pense. Heavy­weight themes such as lone­li­ness, hu­man-an­i­mal bonds and long­ing are ex­plored with a light­ness of touch. Mix­ing in un­ex­pected el­e­ments in­clud­ing a po­lice search for stolen cat­tle Vi­a­gra, a men­ac­ing love rival and heart-in­mouth tragi-com­edy, Enyedi keeps things un­pre­dictable and de­ploys an aus­tere, unas­sum­ingly beau­ti­ful vis­ual style to en­sure the genre-mix meshes neatly.

Moody mid­dle-aged exec En­dre (a de­li­ciously dead­pan Géza Morc­sányi) and new­comer Alexan­dra Bor­bély’s shy meat in­spec­tor are touch­ingly un­der­stated, torn be­tween de­sire and de­spair at their day­time awk­ward­ness to­gether. Get your chops around this. Kate Sta­bles

THE VER­DICT

This of­fally ap­peal­ing art­house tale of elu­sive love in an abat­toir is a prime-cut, for the strong-of-stom­ach.

it was an es­pe­cially awk­ward episode of First Dates…

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