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I won't spoil it for you; but, the period allegory is a condemnation of modern political government which requires giving up one's soul to the State. This story is pretty deep with a clear existential thread running throughout, posing questions which every individual will someday have to answer. It is a story of the social, individual and spiritual consequences of war, the fragmentation of identity, of memory for the sake of survival, and more deeply, the soul, leaving the individual a moral invalid - inhuman. There is no salvation from having to face one's own inhumanity to others, eventually one must face the moments of his lack of compassion and concern for the welfare of others! Very fatalistic - just buy it, rent it, and enjoy this experience of a nightmare the message of which is as relevant today as for any historical period.
Overall, this was generally enjoyable. The mood maintains a dreary and eerie feeling throughout, but perhaps too much. It almost never lets up, as strange acts continue and the actors engage in several savage acts. This could be a negative; the story unendingly plods through dark territory with interspersed horror moments that more abruptly arise rather than be built up. Also, its kinda slow. The story unfolds somewhat discontinuously (which, at times, is very well done), but generally it moves from one slowly developed scene to another, all of which are more notable for the human-human brutality (which is more often implied than actually shown) than the paranormal horror.
Sauna is definitely one of my favorite horror films. It artfully deals with themes of morality, war, history, salvation, and damnation. It is frightening because of its dark, oppressive atmosphere, not because of gimmicky jump-out “gotcha” moments—which seems to be all most horror films are anymore. In Sauna, the horrors these men encounter are monsters of their own making.
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Wonderful calm and surreal nightmare filmed in a solemn sylvan world. Symbolism, anxiety, life and death all combined in old world mysticism. Read morePublished 12 months ago by regnfull.kveld
This movie is magnificent. If you consider yourself a student of film on any level, this one should be in your library. There is no other like it.Published 22 months ago by Jackson Salazar
Its hard to find a movie that leaves an impression on me but I have found one. I reccomend not watching the trailer as it does ruin the movie (trailer fail) but I can guarantee... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Danna
The movie could have been so much better with a little more information. A group discovers a town in the middle of a swamp near a sauna. The town has no children, except one. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Bookworm936
This is by no means a bad movie, but at the end of the day it doesn't quite hang together.
Here's the scoop. It's the close of the 16th century. Read more
I got this to see more of the country and films of Finland- where my husband is from. He doesn't really care for the movie. I thought it was OK. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by smart shopper
Strikingly beautiful Finnish art house 'horror' film about guilt,
religion, sin and punishment, set in the 16th century, at the end of
the Russian/Swedish war. Read more
This is a great movie! Now that that is out of the way allow me to explain why you should see this movie. Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by Erica Tyler