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 all 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. RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A thing of frigid beauty and twisted playfulness.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 12.03.2010
Conceived with winking humor and a terrific visual style, the pic is a rare treat.Jay Weissberg, Variety, 01.05.2011
Likely to become a winter favorite for those allergic to holiday treacle.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 12.09.2010
A darkly mischievous, bracingly original and thoroughly captivating Yuletide import.Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, 12.13.2010