Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

December 2nd, 2010


Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.8/10 (8,244 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Jalmari Helander

Stars: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila

On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there's Santa's elves, who are determined to free their leader...

Writers: Jalmari Helander, Jalmari Helander

Onni Tommila - Pietari Kontio
Jorma Tommila - Rauno Kontio
Tommi Korpela - Aimo
Rauno Juvonen - Piiparinen
Per Christian Ellefsen - Riley
Ilmari Järvenpää - Juuso
Peeter Jakobi - Pietari's Elf
Jonathan Hutchings - Brian Greene
Risto Salmi - Sheriff
Jens Sivertsen - Main Elf
Sigmund Bøe - Main Elf
Olav Pedersen - Main Elf
Nils M. Iselvmo - Main Elf
Steinar Skogstad - Elf
Nils Nymo - Elf

Taglines: This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 2 December 2010

Box Office Details

Budget: €1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,000 (USA) (5 December 2010) (1 Screen)

Gross: $263,210 (USA) (23 January 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

There are no women in this film. All of the on-screen actors are male.

Continuity: After hanging on to the net for almost the entire helicopter ride with bare hands, suddenly Pietari is wearing gloves.

User Review

Dark, But Highly Entertaining Christmas Film

Rating: 8/10

I just recently caught a screening of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and I was definitely not disappointed. My expectations were relatively high after having seen the two short films previously released in this series, and while this version did stray somewhat from the concepts shown in the short films, it did stay true to the overall feel of the previous incarnations.

Although this film was not particularly deep or thought provoking it was very fun to watch and highly enjoyable. Somewhat creepy in places, this was mainly played up for humorous effect and overall the film displayed a dark sense of humor quite different from any Christmas movie that I have ever seen.

I would highly recommend this film to fans of the original short films or anyone looking for something a little bit different around the holiday season!


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