Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Temptation Of St Tony - Veiko Õunpuu (2009 Estonia)

A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being ''good'' finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.

BAM! A surrealist, black & white, existential, mid-life crisis gone mad. It's actually quite restrained in many ways, getting darker and darker towards the end. The film follows one man, a middle level manager and his outward-projected existential crisis in a series of revolving doors. Class guilt bubbles to the surface and this is truly original stuff, it even has a stage excerpt from Uncle Vanya. Superb photography and mesmerising sound design too. 4.5 stars