Steam of Life

Steam of Life
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Steam of Life
Finland, 2010, 84 Minute Running Time
Topic: Documentary
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Finnish English Sub-Titles

Women are typically encouraged to divulge their innermost secrets to friends or therapists, while most men have been taught by parents, teachers or society to suppress their feelings. But in Finland a sacred space exists, conducive to emotional outpourings from the male population at large: the sauna.

Filmmakers Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen and their small crew are welcomed (naked) into saunas around the country by a diverse range of men who bare their hearts, souls and bodies while they steam. Whether discussing childhood traumas, addiction, or the loss of a loved one, the subjects do not seek feedback. It is the mere act of giving voice to their sorrow that seems to ease it somewhat. Moments of visual levity lighten the atmosphere: a grizzly bear peers in the window of a trailer sauna; a farmer steams in an abandoned telephone booth… But the beauty of this film lies in its simplicity. The filmmakers do not probe or draw conclusions; they respect their subjects’ pace and wait for the steam to work its magic.

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DIRECTOR: Joonas Berghall
Producer: Joonas Berghall
Editor: Timo Peltola
Screenwriter: Joonas Berghall & Mika Hotakainen
Cinematographer: Heikki Farm & Jani Kumpulainen
Music: Jonas Bohlin
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Oktober Oy - www.oktober.fi


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