What a great horror movie! Suspense, foreboding and fear, not gallons of gore drive this Finnish made movie. Most of the spoken lines are in Finnish but the English subtitles are easy to read and did not distract me from enjoying the movie. Set in a small village and farm in the Finnish Lappland wilderness, the movie explores geography and customs not well known in the U.S. The Finns say, and I believe that they are correct, that Northern Finland is the last great wilderness in western Europe. The Lapps and some other hardy people make it their home but an unprepared or just unlucky person could easily die there in the winter.
I noticed a review and an involved discussion about this movie and pedophilia. The review and subsequent discussion includes claims and counter claims involving nudity and the training of Santa Clauses by having children sit in the trainees laps. As a retired law enforcement intelligence analyst and investigator, as well as being the father of a nine year old girl, I am extremely sensitive to any hint of child abuse. I saw nothing in this movie which even hinted at pedophilia. The only nudity which I remember is a brief scene in which the new Santas are scrubbed down in group with no children present. Some people in the discussion claim that Finns have a more casual attitude toward nudity than do Americans. I can testify from personal experience that this is true, particularly regarding sauna, bathing, swimming and similar activities. As a group, Finns are also highly moral people with what is, in most years, the lowest crime rate in the world.