Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 30 2010

When you think about it, the idea of an overweight, bearded Laplander sneaking into the bedrooms of sleeping kids sounds like a horror movie set-up already. But, for his debut feature, writer-director Jalmari Helander has gone back to the source of Santa Claus and the ancient Finnish folk tales which depicted him as a bony-fingered ghoul coming to punish helpless children on cold winter nights.

In a remote Nordic mountain community, the locals, including ten-year-old Pietari (Onni Tommila), are intrigued by a mysterious mining operation which has sprung up on the nearby slopes. But when kids start to go missing – and a mysterious white-bearded figure is glimpsed lurking in the trees – Pietari soon figures out who the culprit is and enlists the aid of his reindeer-hunting father (Jorma Tommila) to lay a cunning trap.

Essentially a reimagining of John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’, but with Kurt Russell replaced by a scared kid and the shape-shifting starbeast by a soul-sucking Santa, ‘Rare Exports’ is an enormously entertaining and unpredictable Yuletide romp packed with sly wit, solid scares and naked geriatrics. At only 82 minutes, it is slight, with a superb set-up that never fully pays off. But the acting is strong (pairing a real-life father and son in the lead roles is a masterstroke), the low-rent special effects are inventive and judiciously employed and the pace never flags. A true Christmas treat for naughty children of all ages.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Dec 3, 2010

Duration:

82 mins

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Tim S

This has charm, jumps and laughs and it's blessedly short - unlike Seamus's review... what more could you want?

joe

Shallow and light-hearted but entertaining. However, the second half of the film is disapointing.

liv

This movie is okay. The mythology it plays with is fascinating and potentially very interesting but they don't use it very well- opting instead for a cheap feel good vibe that leaves the audience feeling a little cheated.

Mark

"You better not cry"... great mad film. Check the original "Rare Export" short films on Youtube.

Mark

"You better not cry"... great mad film. Check the original "Rare Export" short films on Youtube.

Pippi

Santa Claus is coming to town...gotta love those Finns, their recent and upcoming films are out of any boxes!

Pippi

Santa Claus is coming to town...gotta love those Finns, their recent and upcoming films are out of any boxes!