The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine) (2009)
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A seemingly normal man is drawn into a life where nothing makes sense in this offbeat comedy from Estonian filmmaker Veiko Õunpuu. Tony (Taavi Eelmaa) is an ordinary white-collar office drone whose world is becoming increasingly bizarre. His wife (Ravshana Kurkova) is increasingly angry and disinterested in him, his teenage daughter doesn't pay attention to him, his father's funeral turned into a spectacle when a massive auto wreck interrupted the procession, and his employers have become
Sep 17, 2010 Limited
Jan 25, 2011
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Hendrik Toompere Jr.
Full of extreme imagery and offering many darkly satirical touches, this Estonian picture brings to mind the work of Luis Buñuel, David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman.
The Temptation of St. Tony becomes a harrowing, often darkly comic nightmare, studded with allusions to art, literature and film.
It's tempting to call this stunning sick joke the work of a true visionary.
The Temptation of St. Tony is a slow moving but wry and surreal work that pays off if you let it work its spell on you.
Õunpuu's orchestrations and barbed surprises, which greatly depend on cinematographer Mart Taniel (and various Estonian theater vets), hold continued promise.
There's no better cinematic praise than to be evocative of Béla Tarr's tour de force Werckmeister Harmonies.
The references come so fast so often that only the most conversant of cineastes could possibly keep up.
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