Testről és lélekről

On Body and Soul
A slaughterhouse in Budapest is the setting of a strangely beautiful love story. No sooner does Mária start work as the new quality controller than the whispers begin. At lunch the young woman always chooses a table on her own in the sterile canteen where she sits in silence. She takes her job seriously and adheres strictly to the rules, deducting penalty points for every excessive ounce of fat. Hers is a world that consists of figures and data that have imprinted themselves on her memory since early childhood. Her slightly older boss Endre is also the quiet type. Tentatively, they begin to get to know each other. Recognising their spiritual kinship, they are amazed to discover that they even have the same dreams at night. Carefully, they attempt to make them come true. This story of two people discovering the realm of emotions and physical desire, at first individually and then together, is tenderly told by director Ildikó Enyedi, but in a way that also exudes subtle humour. A film about the fears and inhibitions associated with opening up to others, and about how exhilarating it can be when you finally do.
by Ildikó Enyedi
with Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Itala Békés, Éva Bata, Pál Mácsai, Zsuzsa Járó, Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei
Hungary 2017 Hungarian 116’ Colour


  • Alexandra Borbély (Mária)
  • Géza Morcsányi (Endre)
  • Réka Tenki (Klára)
  • Zoltán Schneider (Jenő)
  • Ervin Nagy (Sándor)
  • Itala Békés (Zsóka, Cleaning Lady)
  • Éva Bata (Jenő's wife)
  • Pál Mácsai (Detective)
  • Zsuzsa Járó (Zsuzsa)
  • Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei (Sári, Slaughterhouse Worker)


Written and Directed by Ildikó Enyedi
Cinematography Máté Herbai
Editing Károly Szalai
Music Ádám Balázs
Sound Design Péter Lukács
Sound János Kőporosy
Production Design Imola Láng
Costumes Judit Sinkovics
Make-Up Orsolya Petrilla
Casting Irma Ascher, Zsófia Muhi
Assistant Director István Kolos
Production Manager Sándor Baló
Producers Monika Mécs, András Muhi, Ernő Mesterházy
Executive Producer András Muhi

Ildikó Enyedi

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1955, she began her career as a concept and media artist before turning to short and feature films as a writer and director. She has received more than 40 international awards for her work. In 1992, she was a member of the Berlinale’s International Jury. Fifteen years later, her film On Body and Soul won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale.


1981 Flirt; short film 1983 The Viewer; short film 1986 Invasion 1987 The Mole 1988 Will-o’-the-wisp 1989 Az én XX. századom (My 20th Century) · My 20th Century 1991 Winter War 1995 Magic Hunter 1997 Tamás and Juli 1999 Simon Magus 2000 Geschichten in Gesichtern 2004 EUROPA 2008 First Love 2013 TERÁPIA 1 + 2 + 3; TV series, 2012–2016 2017 Testről és lélekről (On Body and Soul) · Testről és lélekről

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020