On the eve of Christmas a young boy sets out to discover the truth behind-several-strange goings on in his small isolated village. Why have-all the reindeer been slaughtered? Who took all the hairdryers and radiators? And where have all the children gone? Seal the chimney. Lock the doors. Hide your children. This year the real Santa Claus is coming to town.
Intriguing and Fun Lapland Movie. Recommended.
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale review by PV
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Here's an oddity: a film made in Lapland (and in the Lap language, I think) about Santa Claus - or Father Christmas as he's called by many in Britain. It is the best Christmas drama I have seen over Christmas for sure - and it couldn't be more different to the sacchirine-stained, soapy, girly, pity party, badly-written, derivative, forgettable dramas the BBC spew up at this special time of year. This film is memorable and orginal....................
Without wanting to give a spoiler - suffice to say that the 'real santa claus is coming to town'. This movie is perhaps more gory and violent that some would expect - and the Scandinavian openness about nudity is in stark contrast to American puritanism (where babies do not have gentitals, apparently, as in the sickly Mars Needs Moms). There are also a couple of funny jokes. But really, sit back and watch this small, short movie (oh how nice not to have to suffer 2 and half hours of Hollywood backstory boredom) and enjoy the ride. You won't see anything else like it!
Not your average holiday movie, Rare Exports is the story of an American millionaire in Finland who finances the excavation of a mountain which, it transpires, was used by ancient Laplanders as a burial ground.
Shock, horror, by breaking into the mountain the excavation party release a series of demonic presences onto the local town. The festive twist however is that these aren’t any ordinary devils, but rather the vicious elves of the real Santa Claus, a malevolent cannibal whose little helpers were used to deliver children unto him rather than delivering gifts to good little children.
The movie is filled with chaos, intrigue and an impressive sense of insight that sees the mysterious disappearances of a series of children solved by a ten year old boy with a plan and a father who shoots reindeer.
The movie is, as it sounds, ridiculous. However its lunacy is carried with a good helping of humour that helps to make Rare Exports a real unexpected diamond.