Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)

The Temptation of St. Tony / Püha Tõnu kiusamine (2009)

Genre: Drama / Fantasy
Director: Veiko Õunpuu
Starring: Taavi Eelmaa, Ravshana Kurkova, Tiina Tauraite
Duration: 110 min.
Rating: 7.5/10

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. 


The Temptation of St. Tony from Veiko Õunpuu, is Estonia's official submission to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.  It is a fantastically dark and haunting exploration into faith, morality, and the emptiness of modern life.  The black-and-white cinematography helps accentuate the main character's world, as he absurdly drifts through his bleak and desolate existence.

Interesting but definitely not a film for everyone, recommended only for those who enjoy bizarre, disturbing, and dark humor.