Part of our 12 Days of Christmas!
An Enzian Holiday Tradition
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.
Finland | Norway | France | Sweden, 2010, 84 minutes, In Finnish and English with English subtitles, Directed by Jalmari Helander
“"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is a rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care.”– Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Conceived with winking humor and a terrific visual style, the pic is a rare treat.”– Jay Weissberg, VARIETY
“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale explores the dark side of the Santa Claus myth -- if myth he is -- and finds humor, and horror, lurking there.”– Steven Rea, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
“A darkly mischievous, bracingly original and thoroughly captivating Yuletide import.”– Michael Rechtshaffen, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“The darkest and gleefully funniest Christmas movie since Gremlins.”– James Croot, FLICKS.CO.NZ
“A thing of frigid beauty and twisted playfulness.”– Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES