A dark film given its seasonal subject matter, this is a Christmas movie for those that don't like the often corny, overtly-sentimental sentiments crammed down our throats every year. However, it still has some of the uplifting and warm feelings that these holiday films offer. Moreover, Rare Exports is a clever and fun, if shallow and simplistic, film that has the soul of early Spielberg and Joe Dante going strong.
Past the quirky humour and absurdist fantasy, there lies a very beautiful film living here - just like Santa laid beneath the Korvatunturi mountain. Wonderful cinematography, great on-screen talent and gorgeous locations made for a very enjoyable film. It was stark, yet funny, and bizarre, yet completely rooted in very relatable issues of family, holiday, and belonging. I wish I lived in Lapland.
Good point and creative script, a fresh concept of Christmas that is appreciated, but the unfolding of history is stained to give that touch of Hollywood and parts so improbable that make you miss the story
Felt like it flew by... beautifully shot and amazing acting by Onni Tommila as Pietari. Beautiful idea turned into an amazing story. Haven't seen a cinema audience all leave giggling and talking amongst themselves about the film for a long time. Great work
Fine execution is what can keep a film with such a silly premise as Rare Export's from falling apart. It's refreshing that the film keeps itself together. The film takes its time to care about it's characters, an element which most horror films almost universally have forgotten to include nowadays. Great cinematography, direction, acting, cement it as one of the best horror offerings of this year.
Brilliant premise; uneven execution. Despite its flaws, there are some genuinely great (and supremely creepy) moments. How often are you going to see gutted reindeer in what is essentially a kids adventure flick?