Sauna

Sauna

DVD - 2009 | Finnish
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Explores the space between Christianity and paganism. The year is 1595 - a long and brutal war is finally over. Brothers Knut and Erik, part of a commission marking the border between Finland and Russia, commit a terrible sin as they leave a young girl to die a horrible death. As the commission crosses the uncharted swamp, the girl returns to haunt them. Weary men find solace from the nameless village and find a sauna, the sauna where all sins are washed away.
Publisher: [United States] : IFC Films ; Orland Park, FL : MPI Media Group, c2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780788612091
0788612093
Branch Call Number: Finnish DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Feb 29, 2016

A high-quality meditation on war crimes & the expiation of sin, with pacing & a rich character focus that reminded me a lot of live theater, actually. The horror element has an almost incidental feeling for much of the film, & isn't ever in the driver's seat, but happily I didn't mind at all. The photography is flawless, showcasing the rugged forests & greyish light of Finland. The historical facet is interesting & non-intrusive, & the allegorical facet is balanced, believable, & intelligently designed. Great film. CR

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imartin
Nov 18, 2011

A dark historically based horror film. It plays more with your mind than with imagery. There are disturbing scenes so I would definitely NOT recommend under 18 watch - not sexual.

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imartin
Nov 18, 2011

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MichelleinBallard
Dec 09, 2017

Erik: "Knut, the first thing that a soldier learns in the service of the king is to forget."

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