A sea captain makes a bet to marry the first woman who enters a café in this twisted romance by Ildikó Enyedi (2017 Sydney Film Prize On Body and Soul). Cannes Competition 2021.
The seasoned Dutch sea captain Jakob Störr (Gijs Naber) is suffering from a mysterious seaman's sickness. His cook tells him that there's only one solution: the man needs a wife. So Jakob decides to acquire one – and quickly – leading to his impetuous statement in the café. And then enters the beautiful Lizzy (Léa Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Colour
, Inglourious Basterds
), and Captain Störr's life will be altered in ways he could never have imagined. What follows is an epic story filled with jealousy, paranoia and unbridled eroticism, as Störr becomes increasingly convinced of his wife's infidelity (without evidence). The constant presence of the dashing and rich Frenchman Dedin (Louis Garrel, The Dreamers
, Little Women
) does little to calm Störr's burgeoning suspicions. After going through 18 frustrating years without making a film, Enyedi returned with the extraordinary On Body and Soul
and here once again creates a distinctive, seductive and visually ravishing love story.Ildikó Enyedi
began her career as a concept and media artist. Her first feature My 20th Century
(SFF 1990) won the Cannes Caméra d’Or and was selected among the 10 best films of the year by the New York Times
. She has received over 40 international prizes as a director and screenwriter. On Body and Soul
(2017) won the Berlinale Golden Bear and the Sydney Film Prize amongst several other international awards.