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Sauna (2008)

Unrated | | Horror | 24 October 2008 (Finland)
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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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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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Evil Rising  »

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€930,679 (estimated)
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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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Original, compelling and truly intense
24 July 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I've been watching horror since childhood, and it has become a tiring, arduous task trying to find a flick that satisfies my elitist craving. I can't begin to tell you how happy (and genuinely frightened) I was to watch this.

Everything about this movie is original. Set in 16th century Europe, the story's foundations are firmly planted in realism. The horror comes from masterful application of suspense, fear and dread that is gradually introduced in each scene. By the time you reach the climax you're paralytic; gripped by fear – eager to watch to the end but terrified by what may happen next.

Having said that, this movie isn't for everyone. If you're after a bunch of over-sexed, blonde and artificially enhanced teenagers being hunted down by a knife yielding psycho – you're gonna hate this. If you're after fast-paced action, you'll be yawning throughout the film. If you're after a complex horror film marked by developed characterisation, a unique premise and set in an unfamiliar time in history, you will be pleased.

This is a rare, horror film that focuses on atmosphere and restrained script-writing, resulting in a mature, sophisticated experience for the discerning viewer. Grab a glass of red and enjoy!


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