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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Blu-Ray + DVD) (2010)

Jorma Tommila , Peeter Jakobi , Jalmari Helander  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila
  • Directors: Jalmari Helander
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, DTS Surround Sound, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D82VM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa's elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.

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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, enchanting, inspiring 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal Christmas Story. January 5, 2012
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and great CD case too 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Christmas Story. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie if you set expectations right/great blu ray 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Odin is a Christmas elf.
Interesting film, but it will never win any Oscars. Even so, it is unexpectedly original in its treatment of the subject matter. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Stephen A. Messimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Xmas MUST SEE!
Published 12 days ago by Marcucco
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well produced unique and dark Christmas fable.
I heard about this film and was dying to see it. I found it to be quite the surprise! It is well produced and the story is very unique. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Damon P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mexxy R-mas!!!
An unusual Christmas tale that begs at least one viewing in order to comment on the shear imagery involved. I recommend this but not for wee lads.
Published 1 month ago by T from rural Illinois
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare exports-- rare find!
Love it! Not for kids, but adults will love it! Happy that I could find the movie but as always I can get what I need at amazon
Published 1 month ago by judy l gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Show this at your family Christmas.
Very entertaining take on christmas horror. This is one of those films that I like to watch at least once a year, which is rare for me to do. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jeremiah n toller
2.0 out of 5 stars P.U.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Listen up.....P.U.~~~~BIG TIME.....Don't know what else to say, honestly....Not for children, but certainly not for an ADULT, either.....Perhaps in a land in between....????? Read more
Published 3 months ago by MAYA PINION
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great little foreign film
Warning: Not for the little-ones!

This foreign film is destine to become a cult-classic. It's not very scarry, but it will make you look at Santa Claus differently for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT VERY FUNNY
The extras were far superior to the main film. Well worth keeping for the rare exports shorts-they are funnier than the main film.
Published 3 months ago by Peter M
5.0 out of 5 stars twisted and amusing
This is a foreign independent film not in English, I had seen the original short film as well and loved it. It's dark humor, not a light hearted family Christmas film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patrick Foley
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