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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilmari Järvenpää ...
Pietari's Elf
Jonathan Hutchings ...
Risto Salmi ...
Jens Sivertsen ...
Main Elf
Sigmund Bøe ...
Main Elf
Olav Pedersen ...
Main Elf
Nils M. Iselvmo ...
Main Elf
Steinar Skogstad ...
Nils Nymo ...


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This holiday season, the real Santa Claus is coming to town. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2010 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale  »

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Box Office


€1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,281 (USA) (3 December 2010)


$263,210 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Brian Greene's passport number is 314159265, the first several digits of pi. See more »


When Pietari goes onto the porch of Juuso's house, he drags his stuffed animal on a string behind him. In the next shot, the leash is suddenly cinched up and the toy is hanging near his knee. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Greene: This is what's been worrying me. Drilling sample number 76, from 1300 foot. See, we've finally found something else than just plain rocks and dirt.
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Follows Rare Exports Inc. (2003) See more »

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Enjoyable, surprising and original Christmas Tale
3 December 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Having seen this in the movie theaters, and being pleasantly surprised, I feel I am finally early enough to throw a little review. If you expect a movie with well built characters, and/or can't stand violence (which isn't rough at all, actually, very tame) you probably find yourself disappointed after you have watched it. But if you take it light heartedly, and manage to ditch the idea of this being an instant classic, you'll enjoy it.

The humour is great, and as a (proud!) member of the Finnish nation, I liked it. A lot. When movies like Tropic Thunder and Zombieland lack in that department (I did not laugh once when watching either of those films), Rare Exports deliver. Some of the stuff might be hard to understand if you don't get the language, but there is plenty of other type of humour available as well.

As I said already, the characters aren't that well built, but that is not what they attempted, or even wanted it seems. Instead, it brings and original storyline, which doesn't follow the usual movie scheme. I doubt you have ever seen anything like the Rare Exports, and I would suggest everyone to give it a try.

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