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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.


Veiko Õunpuu


Veiko Õunpuu (as Veiko Ounpuu)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taavi Eelmaa ... Tõnu
Ravshana Kurkova ... Nadezhda
Tiina Tauraite ... Tony's wife
Sten Ljunggren ... Herr Meister
Denis Lavant ... Count Dionysos Korzybski
Rain Tolk Rain Tolk ... KLeine Willy
Hendrik Toompere Jr. Hendrik Toompere Jr. ... Actor Toivo (as Hendrik Toompere)
Katariina Unt ... Toivo's wife (as Katariina Lauk)
Harri Kõrvits Harri Kõrvits ... Director (as Harry Kõrvits)
Taavi Teplenkov Taavi Teplenkov ... Urbo
Marika Barabanstsikova Marika Barabanstsikova ... Urbo's wife
Liis Lepik Liis Lepik ... Tony's child
Evald Aavik Evald Aavik ... Priest
Valeri Fjodorov Valeri Fjodorov ... Nadezhda's father
Tarmo Mitt 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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Estonia's official submission to 83rd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2011. See more »


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Le dévoreur
Written by Iskandar Hasnawi and Renaud Tschirner
Performed by Iskandar Hasnawi, Sébastien Roland, Renaud Tschirner
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the new Bela Tarr?
10 October 2016 | by federovskySee all my reviews

Second feature from the Estonian director of the highly acclaimed Sugisball charts the catastrophic breakdown of the life of a dull, provincial middle-manager. Comparison with Tarkovsky and others may be premature but this is no sophomore effort and is worth taking seriously as it's full of impressive, meticulous scenes, ranging from droll to oddball to deeply disturbing, with good use of ambient music and innovative camera-work (surprisingly, still possible).

The narrative, in five parts, is sparse and evidently a large dose of obscurantism was added during the editing. At first it looks like a bleak comedy, then it seems to morph into a religious allegory (there's a fine scene where a priest walks up the wall) before developing into a quite nasty Lynchian nightmare involving cannibalism.

One synopsis I read bears scant relation to what I saw - the diabolic choice given to Tony by the 'Meister' whether to rebel or conform (presumably a simple metaphor of life under the Soviets) was absent - which may be just as well, because the obscurity of the narrative provides much of the atmosphere.

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10 October 2009 (Estonia) See more »

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Kuszenie świętego Tõnu See more »

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EUR983,081 (estimated)

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$747, 19 September 2010

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Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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