Risen and Revisited: Rare Exports (2010)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! I know Christmas is over, but I want to keep the holiday cheer going for the rest of the month, so I will continue this week with a revisit of Rare Exports! If you so wish, you can watch my original review below…or…you know, don’t.
To summarize my original review, I commented on the uniqueness of the story, how the movie represents consumerist culture, and the loss of innocence/coming-of-age journey Pietari (Onni Tommila) takes throughout the film. As for my original dislikes, I felt the beginning starts super fast, to the point that I thought I was watching a sequel and was missing so vital info. I also lamented how we don’t get to see Santa fully and the poor quality of the little CGI that was used.
I’m super impressed with past-Vicky right now, so watching Rare Exports this time, I was thinking about how the film – especially at the end – symbolizes consumerism specifically related to Christmastime. When I went back and watched my original review, I was so shocked I picked up on that on my first watch! This time though, I would take it a step further and remark how the way Pietari and his dad, Rauno (Jorma Tommila), ship off the elves/Santas to other countries symbolizes the adoption of foreign folklore and yuletide traditions. The jolly old fat man in red has origins in Turkey (St. Nicholas) and the Netherlands (Sinterklaas), which a lot of the world (especially the United States) have borrowed and commercialized.
Rare Exports is such a sweet story. I love Pietari as a protagonist – not only is he the cutest thing ever, but he is funny, quirky, and comes into his own over the course of the film. I know people hate hearing this, but Rare Exports is a great coming-of-age story as Pietari not only learns that Santa is real, but it much more sinister than he was led to believe. In that, I completely agree with past me about Pietari’s loss of innocence in the film; this makes Pietari super easy to relate to as we can all remember learning when Santa wasn’t real, I’m sure.
Now, this time around, I didn’t feel so out-of-the-loop at the beginning, but obviously, that is because this wasn’t my first time watching Rare Exports. However, I still think you need your wits about you when the movie starts (and you’re watching for the first time) because they give you a lot of information right at the beginning.
I’m always amazed at the scale of this movie, I mean it has great scenery and everything just looks so far removed from the world, I would just as easily believe the movie takes place on the North Pole or something. The film looks amazing and the CGI is aging well, luckily, they don’t rely on CGI too much, and the little they do use is pretty quick and easy to overlook. Past me mentioned the CGI is bad, but I think I was just being picky. It’s really not that bad or noticeable.
Overall, I think I ended up liking Rare Exports even more than before, it’s a great movie that deserves to be seen every single year at Christmastime. You can watch the movie on Amazon by clicking the link below (this is an affiliate link).
Let me know what you think of Rare Exports in the comments and until next time, stay strange!