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.

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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 ... 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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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Rauno and Pietari are played by real-life father and son Jorma and Onni Tommila. See more »

Goofs

After hanging on to the net for almost the entire helicopter ride with bare hands, suddenly Pietari is wearing gloves. 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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Absolutely unmissable for me
8 February 2011 | by efastonSee all my reviews

For me this is one of those films that I just instantly took to heart, it has the sort of implicit comedy that you expect from the Cohen brothers, and a theme which really plays with your ideas of horror. It does help if you have a bit of background in Finnish mythology, there's no explanation, even in the subtitles, of the yule goat, and the word Joulupukki's close links to old stories about a sort of mischievous Christmas devil. It does introduce some of the old stories, but doesn't explain how they are actually commonly known history pertaining to Father Christmas in Finland, and weren't made up for the film or anything like that. Other than that, the film is visually beautiful, musically dramatic to at least the extent that Danny Elfman had ever achieved for Tim Burton, and has a sort of dignity that something with an undercurrent of comedy rarely has, relying on its ability to be funny without trying, something that Quinten Tarantino and the Cohen Brothers often leave us slack jawed over. I definitely recommend it.


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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:

EUR1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,281, 5 December 2010

Gross USA:

$236,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,087,363
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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