Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"For anyone who can look a little askance at the monster that contemporary Christmas has become, this artfully made Finnish tale is -- I kid you not -- a real treat."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
""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
"Jalmari Helander's film has fun with the idea that Christmas, with all its kid-friendly commercialism, has horrific, blood-soaked roots, like a Chuck E. Cheese built over a plague pit."
‑ Al Kratina, Montreal Gazette
"Helander and company have done such a wonderful job at forming the foundation of a new mythology that we can't help but want more. And if we can all be good little girls and boys, perhaps we'll get just that."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is coming...to Finland."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Conceived with winking humor and a terrific visual style, the pic is a rare treat."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"One of the best Christmas horror movies I've seen."
‑ Noah Lee, Film Threat
"Rare Exports is a darkly amusing and mildly menacing film whose chief benefit is the skewed courage with which it undermines all that is decent and heartwarming at this time of the year."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"Beautifully shot and always fascinating, Rare Exports succeeds on many levels. But the final payoff just never seems to come."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Santa shows his dark side in this wildly idiosyncratic horror flick from Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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
"This is a Christmas film like none you have ever seen before."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"By the end, Helandar's movie feels more like an elaborate punchline to an overwrought joke, a thematic gibe more appropriate for a short film."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"a holiday movie for the horror movie fan"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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