Review… Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Christmas. A time for giving. A time for receiving. A time for escaping from the evil clutches of Santa Claus.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (five stars)

If John Carpenter ever goes festive and makes a holiday special of The Thing, it might end up looking something like Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Don’t let the terrible title put you off – this is a seasonal gem well worth ripping open someone else’s stocking for. This dark Finnish reworking of the usual pre-packaged schmaltzy Christmas story – instead of dropping sacks of toys off to children, not-so-jolly old Saint Nick drops children into sacks (and, uh, cauldrons of boiling water) – brilliantly straddles the fine line between frightening and farcical. ‘The Coca-Cola Santa Claus was just a hoax,’ the film tells us early on, setting the tone for an alternative winter’s tale in which a shotgun-toting young boy tries to save Christmas from the nastiest Père Noël since Billy Bob Thornton. If you ever want a kid to be nice not naughty, show them this.

This review first appeared in the Metro newspaper

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One Response to “Review… Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”

  1. Paragraph Film Reviews Says:

    Getting through the Christmas DVDs then?

    Watched this the other night, wasn’t as mad on it. Good idea but felt they didn’t make the most of the ‘real santa’ would have done. Compared to something like Troll Hunter (another ‘classic’ fairytale re-done with a twist) this just didn’t cut my mustard.

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