• Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Release Date: December 10th, 2010

DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2011

R |1 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

A young boy named Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his friend Juuso (Ilmari Järvenpää) think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, this a monstrous, evil Santa, much unlike the cheery St. Nick of legend. When Pietari's father (Jorma Tommila) captures a feral old man (Peeter Jakobi) in his wolf trap, the man may hold the key to why reindeer are being slaughtered and children are disappearing.

Cast: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Järvenpää, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jonathan Hutchings

Director: Jalmari Helander

Genres: Comedy , Horror , Adventure

Production Co: Yleisradio

Keywords: Dark, Offbeat, Rescue, Friend, Mystery, Amusing, Father, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A fiendishly entertaining Christmas yarn rooted in Northern European legend and lore, complete with a not-so-jolly old St. Nick informed more by the Brothers Grimm than Norman Rockwell. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    This Santa Claus story is for a midnight movie crowd, not the kiddie matinees. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care. How else to explain an R-rated Santa Claus origin story crossed with "The Thing"? show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Winner Best Music
Jussi-palkinto (2011)
Winner Best Sound
Jussi-palkinto (2011)
Winner Best Costume Design
Jussi-palkinto (2011)
Winner Best Cinematography
Jussi-palkinto (2011)
Winner Best Editing
Jussi-palkinto (2011)
Winner Best Scenery
Jussi-palkinto (2011)