What if Santa Claus was the real deal? What if Santa was real, but just not quite the person you were led to believe he was? If this premise interests you, then this Finnish coal black comedy is just what you need to fill your holiday stocking.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a film that was based on an award winning short film released in 2005 entitled: The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions. That "shorty" is included in the DVD special features; however, please don't watch it until the film is over because it will be a spoiler.
Newcomer actor, Onni Tommila, plays Pietari Kontio. Pietari lives with his father near the base of the Korvatunturi Mountains in Lapland. It is a rough life, but the two have each other, which makes up for any shortcomings. The plot is fairly simple. Once a year the countryside men hunt to kill and dress beasts to last them through the bitter winter months. What the hunters are not prepared for is a very different kind of beast.
This film is rated R and a bit too intense for younger viewers. However, if you are looking for a holiday film that is off-center, yet still entertaining, check this one out. If you enjoy Onni Tommila's performance, you can catch him in his newest film which stars Samuel L. Jackson: Big Game.