Here is a film that I want to see. A sauna is so quintessentially Finnish and the men from this Nordic country are often as silent as one of those dark blue nights where the snow squeaks as you make your way under pine trees and listen to the wind weave its song through trees. Having spent a few weeks in Finland this past August reminded me about the culture of the sauna bath - and it was a real eye opener for my Canadian boyfriend. The film is part of DOXA and will be airing Jan 21, 2011. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10.00 (plus whatever charges might be necessary i.e. taxes, etc.) And here is the link to the website to pick up tickets: http://www.doxafestival.ca/
Naked Finnish men in saunas speak straight from the heart. In the warmth of stoves they cleanse themselves both physically and mentally in an exceptionally intimate and poetic film with a deeply emotional and unforgettable finale.
The film travels through Finland joining men of all walks of life in many different saunas to let us hear their touching stories about love, death, birth and friendship; about life. In all its simplicity the camera records the raw and rare beauty of landscapes, saunas and men in almost magical pictures. The presence of the characters and the depth of their emotion reach a limit where it is almost intolerable for the viewer to watch. IN THE STEAM OF LIFE reveals the men's naked souls in an exceptionally intimate and poetic way.
As I made my way across the web I stumbled on a few reviews I enjoyed that you might want to check out: