Rare Exports

Rare Exports

A Christmas Tale

DVD - 2011
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Young Pietari lives with his stern reindeer-herding father Rauno in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, an enormous excavation at a nearby mountain disturbs the locals and captures Pietari's curiosity. When Rauno's reindeer herd is mysteriously slain and the children in town go missing, Pietari realizes that the dig has unearthed the evil Santa Claus of local lore, who no one wants coming to town.


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Dark Finnish Christmas story with a clever ending. Be sure to watch the extra short film features; probably doesn’t matter whether before or after, but they can be a little bit of a spoiler, perhaps, if watched before.

Dec 24, 2020

The best movie about Santa's original mythology.
Not for young children.
The young boy is one of the best child actors I've ever seen (he's also the directors son).
I highly recommend this, but it is odd, weird, a bit violent.

5 stars

Feb 12, 2020


Oct 25, 2019

A new twist on the Santa Claus legend from Finland. And if you've been naughty, you'd better watch out, for sure! A delightful movie that touches on how tough life can be in Finland and also how creative thinking can make it all come out well in the end. A rare export indeed, from Finland.

Sep 09, 2019

Rare Exports plays one of the most ridiculous plot lines straight up, which is good. This provides a creepy atmosphere, and I'm tired of films which don't take themselves and the audience seriously. Besides, I got to smirk when I think about how seriously they play it.

Some things are a little too dumb for me, even as a joke, like the fact the business man gives out moral cards of conduct as safety instruction. Also, they marketed a product at the end that can be called slavery and reckless endangerment of the consumers.

Jan 14, 2019

This movie will leave you wondering, "What the hell did I just watch?" in the best possible way. It's dark, funny, even cheesy, and nothing really makes sense. Perfect if you're sick of all those dumb Hallmark holiday movies. One thing is very noticeable in this one though -- where are all the women??

Dec 26, 2018

The two extra features are very definitely recommended. However, not sure whether this would clarify or detract from the bizarre premise of the film itself.

Dec 05, 2018

Voici un conte de Noel qui sort de l'ordinaire avec son côté noir et sombre. À mi-chemin entre l'univers des frères Grimm et les films de Jean-Pierre Jeunet et Joe Dante. À découvrir si vous aimez les films du temps des Fêtes qui ne sont pas traditionnels.

Hillsboro_BoE Dec 01, 2018

Dark norwegian horror comedy = the only holiday movie I need.

Apr 14, 2018

This film is a mixed bag of mystery, fantasy, drama, comedy and action, sometime quite intense. It is surprisingly strange and surprisingly good !!!

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Jul 13, 2015

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