Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
December 21, 2015 7:30 PM - Subscribe

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. Finnish trailer , American trailer

This movie is based on the short from 2003, Rare Exports Inc.

71/7.5 on Metacritic. Ebert gave it 3.5 stars:
There is a legend that centuries ago the citizens were threatened by fearsome monsters. They were able to trick them onto the lake, where they froze. One of them was cut out inside a giant block of ice and buried deep beneath the mound. And now ...

It's an idea from "The Thing," where an alien was found in Antarctica and brought frozen into a hut, where drip ... drip ... drip ... it began to thaw. We approach this possibility on the Night Before Christmas.
posted by the man of twists and turns (8 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We're watching this as part of both the Holiday Movie Club and the Strange Club

and this is the American trailer.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:32 PM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]

Mod note: Added the American trailer link.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 7:57 PM on December 21, 2015

Some friends of mine have a holiday tradition of watching this movie every year.

The actor playing kid is so great.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:42 AM on December 22, 2015

Hooray! I just dropped an almost entirely unwarranted plug for this movie into the current front-page thread on "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus". Love the hell out of it.
posted by Shepherd at 6:50 AM on December 22, 2015

I really loved this movie the first time around. The second time....the human slavery aspect really bothered me. Once big boss Santa is dead, the lesser santas are harmless. Yeah Yeah I know I'm taking it too seriously, but it rankled.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:56 AM on December 22, 2015

I have never seen this because I so madly loved the original Rare Exports shorts that I douldnt imagine anything other than being let down. Maybe enough time has passed now for me to judge it on its own merits.
posted by phearlez at 6:51 PM on December 22, 2015 [1 favorite]

Phearlez-I had no idea there were shorts. I searched and found 2. How many were there? Any idea how to find them? And I'm pretty sure the kid in the shorts is the kid in the movie.
posted by miss-lapin at 11:51 AM on December 23, 2015

How many were there? Any idea how to find them?

There are two: Rare Exports Inc (2003) and Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions (2005).

The folks behind the Rare Exports films went on to make Big Game, with Samuel L Jackson as a US president lost in Lapland (haven't seen it, got mixed reviews iirc).
posted by effbot at 4:33 PM on December 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

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