Saturday, December 29, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: Rare Exports

Director:  Jalmari Helander
Writer:     Jalmari Helander
Cast:       Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi and Onni Tommila

If you're a fan of Dr. Demento and Twisted Christmas music, it's been awhile since you have had a similar expression in film. Thanks to the Finnish, you've got a macabre, twisted tale of Christmas that you won't soon forget.

The story's set in North Finland where Santa is not precisely such a jolly old elf. Matter of fact, he was so bad the locals killed him and buried him in the hills.

Enter a US anthropology team looking for guess who?  And when the reindeer start disappearing, one local youth is pretty sure they've found the evil Santa.

Pietari, the young male lead, is really strong. Trust the kid to be the one person in the village who's clue-endowed. I don't watch Finnish cinema as a rule, but I'd be watching for this actor if I did. 

NOTE:  This film is in Finnish mostly and subtitled.  Usually, this is a huge issue for me, but Rare Exports was done well enough that the only subtitled bits that gave me trouble were the ones written in white over snow.

Rebecca McFarland Kyle, December 2012

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