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Christmas Story (2007)

Joulutarina (original title)
The touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

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Cast

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Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...
Otto Gustavsson ...
Jonas Rinne ...
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Minna Haapkylä ...
Kristiina
Mikko Leppilampi ...
Hannus
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Oskari Heimonen ...
Roi Ron ...
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Nella Siilasmaa ...
Antti Tuisku ...
Alpo Sipilä ...
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Einari
Eeva Soivio ...
Aleksandra
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Storyline

Hundreds of years ago in Lapland, a little boy named Nikolas loses his family in an accident. The villagers decide to look after the orphaned boy together. Once a year - at Christmas - Nikolas moves to a new home. To show his gratitude, Nikolas decides to make toys for the children of the families as good-bye presents. Over the years, Nikolas's former adoptive families become many, and soon almost every house has presents on its doorstep on Christmas morning. At thirteen, Nikolas is sent to live and work with Iisakki, a grumpy old carpenter, who forbids Nikolas to continue making presents for Christmas. Gradually, however, Nikolas wins Iisakki's trust. Together they begin to look after the Christmas traditional that Nikolas has begun. When the aged Iisakki has to leave Nikolas and move away, the tradition of Christmas presents is once again at risk. Thankfully, Nikolas comes up with a solution that brings children joy every Christmas, even continuing to today. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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16 November 2007 (Finland)  »

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Christmas Story  »

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€2,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Näin tehtiin Joulutarina (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Lapikaspolkka
Es. ja Sov. Markku Lepistö & Co
Säv. Trad
© Aito Records 2001
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It's not candy canes and singing elves.
16 December 2010 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I love holiday films. I also love good fairy tales (and I don't mean "good" to mean "cleaned up and sanitized for our protection"). So, when a good fairy tale and holiday film get together and give birth to a wonderful film, I'm very happy. The film isn't "pleasant," but it has a lot of heart-warming sequences. It's not "fun," but it does help to anchor the fact that all situations have more than one side to be told. It has some humour (at least, in the English dubbed version), and the voice acting was very good. The scenery was beautiful. As somebody else said, it's not good for children under 10 to watch, unless a parent or older friend/relative are watching it too, who can answer what or why things happened.

I watched the film, cried a lot, smiled a good deal, and sighed with contentment at the end. Definitely a film to watch with a cup of cocoa and a disinclination to go out, afterwards.


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