The Temptation of St. Tony
“Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.” Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy, Inferno, Song I
The Temptation of St. Tony is a film about a man who has reached middle age and finds himself in exactly the kind of darkening forest that Dante describes. An unusual problem intrudes upon his moderately prosperous and quiet life – morality. Is it possible to be a “good person”? What does that mean anyway? And what’s in it for you? On his journey towards a clearer conscience but an increasingly complicated reality, Tony meets several typical specimens familiar from contemporary Estonian society and lives through exciting adventures, not without some diverting humour. And it starts to seem that slowly, and quite inevitably, the man loses his job, his family, and finally reality, itself.
Compassion incurs capital loss.