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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, unique and well done, 3 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [DVD] (DVD)
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this film. It was given to us as a Christmas present, so I didn't have any expectations. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by this rather engaging and eccentric film. As others have said, this is a strange, macabre, slightly black humour Christmas film. It has a very unusual setting - a camp of reindeer hunters and their children in remote Sami Finland, and takes the sort of creepy old-fashioned Grimm fairytales approach to portraying Santa Claus' much darker, more ancient folkloric roots. The main character, the boy Pietari, is adorable and he and his dad and the other burly reindeer-hunting men are very likeable characters from the get-go. Both the script-writing and the acting are very good, with even a few laugh-out-loud funny bits. If I have a criticism, it's that I felt like there could have been slightly more done with the story, but unhelpfully, I'm not sure what. Definitely worth a watch, as a quirky antidote to the usual sugary-sweet Christmas films.
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