Steam of Life

Year of production 2010
Duration 81 min.
Genre Documentary
Director Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen
Cinematoraphy Heikki Färm F.S.C., Jani Kumpulainen F.S.C.
Editing Timo Peltola
Music Jonas Bohlin
Producer Joonas Berghäll / OKTOBER

Naked Finnish men sit in the sauna and speak straight from their heart. In the warmth of rusty stoves these men cleanse themselves both physically and mentally.
The film travels through Finland and the camera joins men in many different saunas to let us hear touching  stories about love, death, birth and friendship. In all of its simplicity camera records the landscapes, saunas and men in almost magical pictures. The presence of the characters and the depth of the emotion reaches the limit where it is almost intolerable for the viewer to watch. This film reveals the naked souls of these men exceptionally intimately and creates a poetic portrayal of Finnish men.

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