Stranger Says: A Finnish man finds himself leading a dangerous double life on a Soviet collective farm in the 1930s. Director AJ Annila has a brawny, aggressive style (his earlier horror film Sauna maintained an impressively dreadful momentum), which gives this true story unusual amounts of kinetic oomph. Unfortunately, the content often seems to be weirdly at odds with the form, squandering more than a few sequences of potential energy by bogging down in standard bio-pic conventions. Still, this remains an interesting, largely unrepresented tale of reluctant heroism, even when you can feel it straining at the bit.
by Andrew Wright