AFI Fest 2017: Movie #6
We're all just looking for a connection. Like Upstream Color in the style of Yorgos Lanthimos, fantastical elements are woven into the setting to elevate these internal desires. Our protagonists struggle to be present in their lives, one haunted by heartbreak and the other lost in social cues. They can't connect in their lives, but they can in their dreams.
Elegant compositions frame brutal and beautiful images with equal care. This takes a truly dark, unpleasant turn near the end, and the slauterhouse imagery is tough to watch, but I do believe most of it to have been appropriate within the context. I'm thrilled Netflix is going to distribute this -- On Body and Soul deserves a proper audience, but only one who's ready for what it has to offer. It does require patience, particularly in the first act, but for me, it was certainly worth my time.