The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine)
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The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine)
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 ruthless to the point of incoherence. When Tony helps an attractive young woman (Ravshana Kurkova)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bizarre and beautiful, disturbing and droll."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"There's no better cinematic praise than to be evocative of Béla Tarr's tour de force Werckmeister Harmonies."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"The Temptation of St. Tony becomes a harrowing, often darkly comic nightmare, studded with allusions to art, literature and film."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's tempting to call this stunning sick joke the work of a true visionary."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The references come so fast so often that only the most conversant of cineastes could possibly keep up."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Õunpuu's orchestrations and barbed surprises, which greatly depend on cinematographer Mart Taniel (and various Estonian theater vets), hold continued promise."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Nightmarish tale of existential crisis both disturbs and delights."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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