Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 2010 R

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In this darkly comic gem, it's Christmas Eve in northern Finland, and an archeological dig has just unearthed Santa Claus. But this Santa isn't one you want coming to town. When local children begin disappearing, Pietari and his father capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the corporation sponsoring the dig.

Starring:
Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila
Runtime:
1 hour 24 minutes

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

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Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Horror
Director Jalmari Helander
Starring Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila
Supporting actors Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen, Per Christian Ellefsen, Ilmari Järvenpää, Peeter Jakobi, Jonathan Hutchings, Risto Salmi, Jens Sivertsen, Sigmund Bøe, Olav Pedersen, Nils M. Iselvmo, Steinar Skogstad, Nils Nymo, Hjalmar Iselvmo, Steinar Tunes, Torgeir Fosberg, Tor Kvammen, Hans Prestbakmo
Studio Oscilloscope Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Very unique film.
Mac
Just knowing little things like that help you better understand things like "Why do most of the pictures of Santa in the movie have horns?"
E. Willen
I really enjoyed this movie, great visuals, great story line.
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Format: Blu-ray
Looking for something off the beaten path this Christmas season? The Finnish oddity "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" might just be the cure for your holiday blues. Part fantasy, part horror, part black humor--this delightful film manages to adhere to traditional Christmas movie conventions while upending them at the same time. It's an unusually deft balance that makes this both hard edged and heartfelt. While not a perfect movie--once the main action begins, things fall rather too conveniently into place--it is distinguished by its brilliantly bold concept. And despite minor reservations, I have to award "Rare Exports" my respect for its unorthodox story line and wickedly acerbic sense of humor. Destined for cult movie status, I have no doubt that this film will perplex some viewers. But for adventurous movie lovers, I can't think of a better antidote to typical holiday fare.

Set in north Finland, the reindeer population is found dead by local herders . Maybe it has something to do with an American work crew excavating a nearby mountain. There is a disturbing legend about Santa in these parts. It seems that the jolly old fellow wasn't so jovial, but instead was quite evil. He was killed and buried in these hills according to lore and it seems that the Americans might be looking for the genuine Santa Claus. As with any good Christmas story, the protagonist is a spirited boy with a hard scrabble life. Spying on the dig, he can't believe what is discovered. But when strange and scary happenings start to consume the town, will he be able to make anyone understand the evil that has been unleashed? It's such a terrific premise, done with slow burn precision.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. Watkins on September 9, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
We saw this film at our local cinema, not knowing anything about it. From the opening moments we were gripped and engaged by a wonderful combination I have never experienced in a movie before: interplays of mythology, environment, politics. We left the film with our jaws still dropped. It's beautifully produced, amazingly authentic acting, and like nothing else you will see. The story line is very human and ultimately inspiring. I'm sorry that many people missed it at the cinema, so do get the DVD!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dave Pierce on January 5, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First I saw the trailer. Then, I saw the movie in the theater. Then, I joyfully bought the Blue Ray/DVD, which comes with both Blue Ray and a regular DVD, which I gave to a good friend of mine from Finland.
Rare Exports is a rather tense thriller/black comedy. I wouldn't recommend for children even though the movie has brilliant child actors in it. The cool thing about this film is that it wipes away the gloss and pizzazz of today's Coca-Cola Santa, and brings back the true meaning of "..you better watch out, you better not cry...". At first I was apprehensive about watching a foreign film, but after a few minutes I found reading the subtitles easy because there wasn't that much to read. A lot of action takes place with suggestion at every corner. I hate to give away any spoilers, except that you will love this cult classic and beware of shopping mall Santa's.
Thank you Amazon for shipping it quickly!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Bottos on February 25, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of my recent favorite films. I don't have too much to add to the existing reviews of the film itself, but I will add that I was pleasantly surprised by the box the DVD came in. It's not the typical cheap plastic DVD case one expects, but instead was a nicely printed tri-fold with film related inserts. It's something you typically expect from a collector's edition, not a standard edition. That's it. If you like quirky horror films, this is one to see.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Luntz on February 24, 2012
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Thought the movie was clever and funny. Wouldn't recommend it for anyone who has little children who still believe in Santa though. Acting was good. Loved the little boy and his father.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 30, 2011
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I simply loved this film. I'm coming to build a deep appreciation for Scandinavian horror films, such as this one, let the right one in, dead snow, and so on. They have a very different character than the typical American horror, with more emphasis on atmospheric creepiness, than on surprise scares. Certainly I enjoy both, but depending on my mood, I may gravitate toward one more than the other.

That said, with the right expectations you'll really enjoy this film. As other reviewers accurately point out, this is an interesting re-telling of the Santa story, with an obvious dark twist. However, you should know its not really a scary movie per se; the film definitely sets a stage of dread, nervous anticipation and general creepiness, but it does not produce many outright scares. Rather than having santa jump out and kill someone, you see ominous snow tracks, or a pacing santa with a dangerously malicious look in his eyes (trying to avoid spoilers here). So understand you're not getting Friday the 13th.

I have to admit the concept is incredibly creative. The concept alone makes this a great film to watch. Further, if you can help your child discern between reality (insofar as you want him/her to believe) and make-up TV, this could be a family movie. There are a few gory scenes (e.g., a pig being butchered), so I'd think 10 y/o or so is probably a decent lower limit. Additionally, there is a certain family cozy-ness to it; the story is about a widowed father (on rough times) and his son; much of the story focuses on their relationship and the boy's experiences, so there definitely is a relatability that will appeal to a family watching this film.

Regarding the Blu Ray - the packaging is simply phenomenal.
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