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Rare Exports (2010)

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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters 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.

Director:

Jalmari Helander

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Jalmari Helander, Jalmari Helander (based on the original idea by) (as The Helander Brothers) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

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This Christmas Everyone Will Believe In Santa Claus See more »


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

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Country:

Finland | Norway | France | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Tromsø, Norway

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,000, 5 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$263,210, 23 January 2011
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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A superb Anti-Christmas horror fable which adults and over 13 year old will enjoy
28 November 2010 | by theycallmemrglassSee all my reviews

Just seen this at a Preview Screening in London.

This was an excellent little Christmas horror film but good enough for older kids above 13 to watch. Its not gory as this is one of those less is more type of films but it is quite creepy. Bizarelly, there is quite a bit of male nudity but its in such a way that you should think nothing of it. It wasn't a big deal to the on screen characters and I suspect somehow that the film makers are not expecting it to be a big deal with us either. But there were a few people in my audience who chuckled loudly and as for me, I did so, quietly, and fleetingly wanting to just watch the film unravel its mysteries.

The child antagonist was absolutely superb playing the typical "why won't the grown ups listen to me" role. How he eventually grabs their attention will have you cheering like hell. The story is well paced and creepy. With a couple of good twists and a sprinkle of humour thrown in the mix.

The soundtrack was pretty bombastic (reminiscent of Michael Giacchino "Roar" track from Cloverfield) which was great but perhaps a little too over used when a bit more subtlety was needed in certain moments of the film.

This film reminds me of my favourite old dark fable movies with child protagonists such as Night of the Hunter, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Lost Boys. In fact I would sum this up as a Stephen King type horror story for the family.

The very ending of the film felt rather overly silly though, which is my only criticism but its not enough to knock any marks off my rating.

This might well turn into a Christmas sleeper hit, if not, perhaps later on, will be a little cult classic


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