I'm sitting on a rough wooden bench besslaide Eero, a large Finnish man, next to a traditional smoke sauna in the middle of an island, in the middle of a river in which we've just swumin the middle of a forest, in the middle of Finland which right now feels, blissfully, like the middle of nowhere. Vapour steams from our shoulders and thighs while my head appears to have floated free of my neck. There are, Eero tells me, wolves in this forest as well as elks, the odd lynx and even a bear or two.
Get the latest film- and TV industry news from the Nordics e. In Steam of Lifenaked Finnish men in saunas speak straight from the heart and in the warmth of rusty stoves, cleanse themselves both physically and mentally. The film travels through Finland joining men of all walks of life in many different saunas to let us hear their touching stories about love, death, birth and friendship, in short, about life.
The results are affecting, though probably not quite compelling enough to insure either a nomination or an American release. One mildly titillating aspect of the movie is that most of the men, young and old, are completely naked while they tell their stories. In keeping with their lack of physical inhibitions, their confessions seem remarkably natural and unforced.
During my first visit to Finland in AutumnI was sitting next to a Finnish guy on the flight from Delhi to Helsinki. I had very little idea of what Finns were like and the stuff that I did know, was mostly from some random articles that I had come across on the internet. Finland was the country where Nokia was from; and that they had a pretty fantastic primary education system.
What a fabulous article! We Indians still have a long way to go before we shed our inhibitions about nudity. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the saunas and learning about the rituals.
It had been so quiet before my outburst. The Finnish holiday season had recently ended. All the other cottages were empty.
Steam of Lifedir. Great sorrow can often lead to tremendous ideas and artful invention. But to reach epiphany, one might have to reach deep down in oneself to find the opening that leads back into light—sometimes in silence, other times in the company of a few careful listeners.
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If you re curious, read on…. Now, this is a gross generalization, I have to admit. Once you get to know her.