The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine)
The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine) (2010)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Bizarre and beautiful, disturbing and droll.

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

There's no better cinematic praise than to be evocative of Béla Tarr's tour de force Werckmeister Harmonies.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The Temptation of St. Tony becomes a harrowing, often darkly comic nightmare, studded with allusions to art, literature and film.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

It's tempting to call this stunning sick joke the work of a true visionary.

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

The references come so fast so often that only the most conversant of cineastes could possibly keep up.

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Nicolas Rapold
L.A. Weekly

Õunpuu's orchestrations and barbed surprises, which greatly depend on cinematographer Mart Taniel (and various Estonian theater vets), hold continued promise.

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

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.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Nightmarish tale of existential crisis both disturbs and delights.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Aditya Gokhale
There is a great temptation to write about "The Temptation of St. Tony" (2009), only it is imperative to find the right words to describe this strange… More
Dimitris Springer
What a malicious and illuminating journey to the depths of hellish beauty! That's a paradox alright but how can you explain Õunpuu's essay on the… More