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The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)

Püha Tõnu kiusamine (original title)
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A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being "good" finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.



(as Veiko Ounpuu)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiina Tauraite ...
Tony's wife
Herr Meister
Count Dionysos Korzybski
Rain Tolk ...
KLeine Willy
Hendrik Toompere Jr. ...
Actor Toivo (as Hendrik Toompere)
Katariina Unt ...
Toivo's wife (as Katariina Lauk)
Harri Kõrvits ...
Director (as Harry Kõrvits)
Taavi Teplenkov ...
Marika Barabanstsikova ...
Urbo's wife
Liis Lepik ...
Tony's child
Evald Aavik ...
Valeri Fjodorov ...
Nadezhda's father
Tarmo Mitt


A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being "good" finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.

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The most stupendous and bone chilling tragedy about the agony and decline of one middle-level manager.


Drama | Fantasy | Mystery



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Release Date:

10 October 2009 (Estonia)  »

Also Known As:

Kuszenie swietego Tõnu  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


€983,081 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$747 (USA) (17 September 2010)


$1,727 (USA) (2 October 2010)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Estonia's official submission to 83rd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2011. See more »


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Let's Say - Fantastic!
26 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

New Õunpuu's film is a real jewel in contemporary cinema. It confirms his bright talent and distinctive sense for storytelling. "Temptation of St. Tony" is full of epic scenes which (one day) might get praised as some of the highest cinema peaks of our time. Leading you trough the dark corridors of mankind director awards the viewer after each corner with such visual brilliancy that you can't get irrelevant. Cinematic language of "Temptation of St. Tony" is closer to classics like Antonioni, Bunuel or Tarkovsky than to contemporary film making styles. After "Sügisbal" and "St. Tony" it's sure that we have a new, complete author on cinematic stage. Let's celebrate.

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