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Film: Stream of Life

Finnish Film from a sauna perspective

This Finnish documentary is only 60 minutes long, about as along as a couple sauna rounds and a beer.  But with Scandinavian efficiency, it is enough time to touch the viewer with in depth revelations of the characters in the film.

I am overjoyed with the concept of Stream of Life.  The film addresses the notion that sauna is an atmosphere for reflection, a bare all environment to connect with the soul.  Note to loyal readers: the guy on the left, in this photo, has an uncanny resemblance to a close sauna friend of mine.  He even holds his beer the same way.

This film airs on PBS August 2, 2011.

“In Finland, with its long, dark winters, the sauna is a national obsession whose benefits are as much emotional as physical. For the men in Steam of Life, the sauna is a place to come together and sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories. Beautifully and hauntingly shot, this acclaimed film provides an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of Finnish men and into the depths of the human experience. (60 minutes)”

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