Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is currently available on instant Netflix.

One Line Review: Darkly fun alternative to A Christmas Story.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) – Not rated

“In the frozen beauty of Finland, local reindeer herders race against the clock to capture an ancient evil: Santa Claus. A single dad and his son are caught up in the chaos as scientists dig for artifacts. What they find endangers the entire village.”

First off, for all of you subtitle-hating Netflix people, while Rare Exports begins in English, the majority of the film is in Finnish with subtitles. Honestly I understand not wanting to concentrate on reading while watching a film but you will miss out on quite a lot by dismissing all foreign language films.

Secondly I can’t believe how gorgeous Finland is. It is a little bleak but I love winter landscapes. It is pretty neat to see snowmobiles as the primary method of transportation.

Note to the easily offended: There is a fair amount of full frontal male nudity in Rare Exports. None of it is sexual in any way but I thought I’d warn you anyway.

There, now that those nits are picked, how is the film? It is light on the horror as a young child is the protagonist. Rare Exports still ends up being a darkly humorous film.

The movie zips along at a brisk pace. Start to finish is a mere 82 minutes including credits. There are no subplots to distract and no female characters to be a love interest. It tells a simple story in an unusual setting and it does the job well. Acting, particularly by the young boy, is just fine.

Rare Exports does follow the usual trope of having no one listen to the adolescent characters but our protagonist gets the adults’ attention quite well. The movie ends just as it seems to be getting started but at least it doesn’t overstay its welcome. This is a fun Christmas romp.