Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale This movie is based on the original Christmas story of the Sami People. The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami), traditionally known in English as Lapps, are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. It has nothing to do with the fictitious Coke-Cola Santa Claus. When I say original story, it is the story of the first Santa Claus.
The movie is in Finnish/Sami with subtitles and some English language, nothing that detracts from the movie. This is not a horror movie per se, however there is non-sexual nudity in it.
The story starts in modern times, and stays there. However there is a book Pietari (Onni Tommila) finds, presumably from the library with the original Christmas Story. Since the movie is made in Finland, with Finnish and Sami actors, about a Sami Book, you may find yourself enthralled with just that idea. I was. So enthralled, I looked all the information up I could find, yes a myth maybe, but it sure does explain a lot of things about the stories after the original.
Every December 24th Paul and I watch this movie. Knowing the real story of Christmas, I am wondering how I survived Christmas at all and none of mine were good. You may not like what you learn in this movie, yet the true story of Christmas can not be washed away with American propaganda.
Paul and I both rate this movie 5 our of 5 stars. You can get it on Hulu, sometimes on Netflix, but I suggest buying it and keeping in it your library of Blu-Rays.
Onni Tommila (the boy) is an actor, known for Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010), Big Game (2014) and The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005 (2005).