Rent The White Reindeer (1952)

3.6 of 5 from 61 ratings
1h 8min
Rent The White Reindeer (aka Valkoinen Peura) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A newly-married young woman, Pirita (Mirjami Kuosmanen), becomes frustrated and lonely as her husband, a reindeer herder for a small Arctic village, spends much of his time away from home in devotion to his work. Desperate for affection, she visits a shaman who offers a potion that makes her an irresistible object of desire, but there is a terrible cost. Pirita becomes a bloodthirsty shapeshifter who lures men out into the barren wilderness where she consumes them.
Actors:
Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, , Jouni Tapiola, Arvo Lehesmaa, Tyyne Haarla, , Edvin Kajanne, , Heimo Lepistö, Osmo Osva, Aarne Tarkas, Inke Tarkas, Evald Terho, Kaarlo Wilska
Directors:
Erik Blomberg
Producers:
Aarne Tarkas
Writers:
Erik Blomberg, Mirjami Kuosmanen
Aka:
Valkoinen Peura
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Finland, Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Awards:

1953 Cannes International Award Ex-aequo V

BBFC:
Release Date:
08/04/2019
Run Time:
68 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger
  • Religion, Pleasure, and Punishment: The Portrayal of Witches in Nordic Cinema - a new and exclusive audio essay by film journalist and writer Amy Simmons
  • With The Reindeer - Erik Blomberg's 1947 documentary short
  • Colour Test Footage
  • 1952 Jussi Awards Ceremony featurette
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/04/2019
Run Time:
68 minutes
Languages:
Finnish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger
  • Religion, Pleasure, and Punishment: The Portrayal of Witches in Nordic Cinema - a new and exclusive audio essay by film journalist and writer Amy Simmons
  • With The Reindeer - Erik Blomberg's 1947 documentary short
  • Colour Test Footage
  • 1952 Jussi Awards Ceremony Featurette

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Reviews (1) of The White Reindeer

Myths of desire and ice - The White Reindeer review by TE

Spoiler Alert
11/08/2019

This is a wonderful artefact from the rich treasury of Scandinavian folkloric films about witches.

It is also a stark example of the films and literature that express sexual anxiety via transformation into animals.

It is an intense, hard-boiled narrative told with frame after frame of beautiful wintery landscapes. It is also a classically misogynistic tale about the dangers of female desire.

The director presents an unvarnished story, leaving us to make the leap towards a rejection of irrational superstition.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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