Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a reimagining of jolly old Saint Nick. Instead of the cookie gobbling, cheery old guy who loves children and brings them gifts, writer/director Jalmari Helander brings us a vision of Santa Claus as a man who enjoys punishing the naughty.
Here’s a synopsis:
It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare – a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality.
With a darkly comic look at the holidays, this Finnish export was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Popdose has three (3) Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of the film and posters. How, you ask, can you enter to receive one of these goodies? Answer some ridiculous Malchus trivia question? Send Giles a box of cigars? Wash Dw’s car?
Nope! This time you just have to email your name and address to Scott Malchus (malchus) by Wednesday, November 16 and he’ll choose 3 lucky folks to get the crap scared out of them just in time for the holidays.
Sound like a plan? Then have at it, dosers!