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Sauna (2008)

Unrated | | Horror | 24 October 2008 (Finland)
As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

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Eerik
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Knut
Viktor Klimenko ...
Semenski
Rain Tolk ...
Rogosin
Kari Ketonen ...
Musko
Sonja Petäjäjärvi ...
Poika
Vilhelmiina Virkkunen ...
Tytär
Taisto Reimaluoto ...
Isäntä
Ismo Kallio ...
Kylänvanhin
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Eukko
Dick Idman ...
Roukkula
Ivo Kubecka ...
Munkki
Elena Leeve ...
Isännän tyttären ääni (voice)
Elena Spirina ...
Rogosinin äidin tuutulaulu (voice)
Peter Holmlund ...
Ruotsalaisten tulkki
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As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

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Wash your sins.

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Horror

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Evil Rising  »

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€930,679 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The later scenes in the movie were shot first. For example Sonja Petäjäjärvi's character 'Poika' had her blood make-up already during her first takes, so the meeting scenes in the village (her first appearance in the movie) were shot later on. See more »

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Modern day fillings are visible in the mouth of one character. See more »

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Eerik: [Eerik just brutally killed a man with a knife] 73...
Knut: 73 what?
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minimalist, oblique, Shakespearean horror (interesting!)
28 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two brothers, part of a border-recognition treaty detachment after a very long war, confront and deal with the wartime acts of brutality and violence of the older brother. The older brother has been part of this war for 25 years; the younger brother has been studying to become a professor and has been comparatively sheltered from the horrors. The younger brother comes face to face with his older brother's moral deterioration, and, disturbed by the older brother's acts of war, eventually persuades (and forces) the older brother to completely atone for those actions. The amount of spookiness achieved with no special effects other than blood, is truly remarkable, and a lesson for Hollywood. And in the end, the viewer is left with an uncertainty as to who must pay for sins, and why, and whether anyone, ever, is truly innocent.


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