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Steam of Life (Miesten vuoro) (2010)

Steam of Life (Miesten vuoro) (2010)

Steam of Life (Miesten vuoro)





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In Finland, the sauna isn't a luxury as it is in North America, but an everyday custom enjoyed by people of all walks of life. As filmmakers Mika Hotakainen and Joonas Berghäll explore both the practicalities and the ritual of the Finnish sauna in their documentary Miesten Vuoro (aka Steam of Life), they reveal that for many people, the sauna opens hearts and minds as well as pores. The directors visit a number of men from all parts of Finland, who show off their saunas -- which range from well-appointed steam rooms to converted trailers and phone booths -- and then take a steam, which inspires them to talk about their lives. Both physically and emotionally naked, the sweaty men talk in detail about their experiences, their ambitions, their failings, their darkest secrets and biggest fears, often with a few drinks handy to keep the conversation flowing. The result is a film that offers a look into a unique side of Finnish culture as well as an insight into the male psyche that's universal. Steam Of Life was an official selection at the 2010 Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen
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A riveting documentary about the spiritual uses of saunas by Finnish men.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
Spirituality and Practice

In breathtaking, open country, men straddling all kinds of pot-bellies toss water on hot rocks as steam and sweat and tears intermingle because "sometimes it's good to talk."

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
New York Press

While some of the men's sharing could be termed routine or predictable (and possibly coached), there are astonishing moments of emotional intimacy recorded here.

Full Review… | December 6, 2010
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