aka: Rare Exports: The Truth About Santa
Director: Jalmari Helander
Writer: Jalmari Helander
Cast: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Onni Tommila
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Odd fantasy about a small Finish community whose lives are wrecked when a corporation digs up a massive mountain to get at some unknown mythical creature. In order to gain some financial return for their hardship the local towns folk acquire who they believe to be Santa Clause in the hope they can sell him back to the corporation. Extremely well filmed and pitch black humored, almost to the point of becoming an anti-Christmas film (certainly too odd in parts for children). Towards the end of the story we learn that actually they've only been carrying one of Santas elf helpers and that theres 100's more going around capturing children to sacrifice to the real Clause, who's really a massive horned creature that's still enclaved in ice. So in order to save the children and still make money they capture the elf's destroy the real Santa, then set up a company selling the elves as authentic Santa Clauses. A much welcomed change of pace to your standard Christmas movie.
(7 out of 10)