Jalmari Helander’s Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, released theatrically during the festive period of 2010, unambiguously encapsulates the inflection of genre within Finnish cinema. Rare Exports’ narrative is retrospective, preceding two prior films released by Helander, Rare Exports Inc. (2003) and Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions (2005). Although these initial short films were only broadcast online, they elicited a cult fan base that synergised Helander’s full-length project. The purpose of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale was to establish characterization and narrative context, particularly in relation to its refashioning of the Santa Claus legacy . . .

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