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Christmas Oddity # 1: Creepy Santa in "Rare Exports"

by Caryn James
December 23, 2010 2:15 AM
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Like many of you I’ll be taking a break over the holiday weekend, but I leave you with a few off-beat recommendations to come back to, no matter what your mood: pre-ghost Scrooge, post-ghost Scrooge, or ready to escape into another world. First: Creepy Santa. Cheers!

If you’re the kind of person who always thought Santa was up to no good – what’s with all the secrecy and reading your mind? – here’s Rare Exports, straight from Finland. In a desolate, frozen region, some reindeer hunters and their sons discover the real Santa: an emaciated villain with fangish teeth and a black heart. What’s a kid to do? A bit slow to start, Jalmari Helandar’s film picks up as it becomes more macabre. And Pietari, the young hero, is a Finn to rival Ralphie in A Christmas Story, but facing many more obstacles. Not for children, but if you’re a Scrooge-y adult, here’s your new dark Christmas fave.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is playing in New York at IFC Center and in other cities.

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