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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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The word 'Poika' means 'Boy' in Finnish. However, the character 'Poika' is played by a girl 'Sonja Petäjäjärvi'. 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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26 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had quite high expectations of this movie and was a bit disappointed. It's an unusual, intelligent and creepy ghost story, but it has an ambition to do something more distinctive that I didn't feel was followed through completely.

The performances and screenplay are fine. The film is nicely shot, with some lovely moments but also some lapses into generic horror-movie gestures. The sauna itself is a fine addition to the history of scary buildings in movies -- it looks as if it doesn't belong in the landscape at all, and the minute you see it you know something's wrong. The cheesy orchestral score lets the film down a bit, though.

Not all of the things that happen along the way are explained; some of them just seem to be put there for the sake of being scary. The ending is impressive but it left me wondering whether all the pieces leading up to it really fitted together.

I suppose two different films seem to be fighting over the same 90 minutes: an art-house movie that uses elements of fairy tale to explore existential questions about sin and redemption and a haunted-house movie that works by jump-scares, toothless villagers and gushing blood. The two never really came together for me, but I can't say I didn't enjoy the ride.


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