Friday, 24 December 2010
Do you believe in Santa Claus? - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Little boy Pietari has started to notice footprints in the snow outside his bedroom window and along with his friend stumbles upon the secret dig in the mountains. He convinces himself they are digging up Santa, but who believes in Santa Claus these days? Certainly not his dad Rauno, who has enough problems of his own. The reindeer him and his colleagues were relying on to hunt and sell have all turned up dead, rotting and worthless. It looks like it's going to be a cold, grim Christmas for the townsfolk. Grim that is, until they discover what the diggers have found and subsequently let escape. It's Santa! It looks like they might have something to sell after all. But this Santa, to put it simply, is a freaking mentalist. He has a penchant for running after kids stark naked with everything hanging out, including his long white beard. In the old days naughty children just didn't get bought any GameStations or PlayCubes, but now they just get chased with weapons, kidnapped and tied up in sacks. Fair enough, if you ask me.
A little slow at first but I didn't mind that at all as it gave me time to take in the new concept that Santa was truly evil and not just the otherworldly authoritative figure I always thought he was. This film quickly becomes the story of a brave boy and the notion that believing actually means surviving.
The first incarnation of Rare Exports was the short film Official Safety Instructions and it just shows you that this Christmas movie has been begging to be made for some time. So with this story I must pose the question, do you believe in Santa Claus? If you do, I guess I'll be seeing you next year after all.