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Christmas Story (2007)

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


Juha Wuolijoki


Marko Leino (screenplay), Marko Leino (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Nikolas
Otto Gustavsson Otto Gustavsson ... Nikolas 13-vuotiaana
Jonas Rinne Jonas Rinne ... Nikolas 7-vuotiaana
Kari Väänänen ... Iisakki
Minna Haapkylä ... Kristiina
Mikko Leppilampi ... Hannus
Mikko Kouki ... Eemeli
Oskari Heimonen Oskari Heimonen ... Eemeli 11-vuotiaana
Roi Ron Roi Ron ... Eemeli 5-vuotiaana
Laura Birn ... Aada
Nella Siilasmaa Nella Siilasmaa ... Aada 9-vuotiaana
Antti Tuisku Antti Tuisku ... Mikko
Alpo Sipilä Alpo Sipilä ... Mikko 9-vuotiaana
Matti Ristinen ... Einari
Eeva Soivio Eeva Soivio ... Aleksandra


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Referenced in Making of Christmas Story (2007) See more »


(Varjosi Jäi)
Performed by Antti Tuisku
Composed by Caleb and Jussi Nikula
Lyrics by Ronja
Sov. Leri Leskinen
HMC Music Publishing
© 2007 HMC Helsinki Music Company
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The Wonderful Story of Santa Claus
29 December 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Once upon the time the seven year-old Nikolas loses his parent and his little sister Anna in an accident in the frozen lake. The poor villagers decide to adopt the boy sharing him among the six families: every Christmas Nikolas should move to another home. After six years, the families do not find fish and none of them is able to stay with Nikolas for the next year.

The grumpy carpenter Iisakki offers to the villagers to stay with Nikolas and teach him a profession. In the beginning, Nikolas is treated roughly by Iisakki; however, Nikolas makes toys for the children in his village during the nights. When Iisakki discovers what Nikolas is doing, he helps him to make the toys. In the Christmas, Iisakki helps him to distribute the gifts. Year after year, Nikolas and Iisakki continue the tradition.

When Iisakki's estranged sons visit and invite their father to move to the big city to live with them, Iisakki delivers a small fortune to him. Nikolas uses the money to follow the tradition of giving a gift to every child on Christmas.

The Finish "Joulutarina" is one of the best Christmas movies I have ever seen, showing the wonderful story of Santa Claus. I regret that only today I have found this film and not in the Christmas Eve to see with the whole family together. Unfortunately the Brazilian DVD is dubbed in Portuguese and does not offer the original language. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Uma História de Natal" ("A Christmas Story")

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Official Sites:

Joulutarina [Finland]





Release Date:

16 November 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Levi, Kittilä, Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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