ON BODY AND SOUL
OUT 22 SEPTEMBER / CERT 18 / 116 MINS DIRECTOR ildikó Enyedi CAST Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider
RETURNING AFTER 18 years (and winning Berlin’s Golden Bear for his efforts), Hungarian auteur ildikó Enyedi has concocted an enticing allegory that balances romantic whimsy and grim reality. During a police investigation at an abbattoir, psychiatrist Klára (Tenki) discovers he and the finance director, Endre (Morcsányi), are having identical dreams about deer in a snow-covered woodland clearing. But this is no twee fantasy, the snowscapes starkly contrasting with the savage functionality of the slaughterhouse and the judgmental cruelty of the staff canteen. Slyly satirising the national mindset either side of the demise of Communism, this is witty, poignant and unsettling, but also too melodramatically contrived.