WED­NES­DAY RARE EX­PORTS: A CHRIST­MAS TALE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

12.40AM, SBS ★★★

Set the recorder for this supremely strange Christ­mas film, quite un­like any­thing you’ve seen be­fore. In the an­cient folk­lore of Fin­land, Santa Claus is not the cheery, chubby, CEO of a pan-global gift-de­liv­ery com­pany. The way the Finns re­mem­ber it, Claus was a de­monic tor­men­tor of chil­dren who needed to be dealt with, once and for all. So they buried him be­neath a moun­tain of ice. But now, cen­turies later, Santa is back, and no kid is safe. Jal­mari He­lander strikes a del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween men­ace and whimsy that is al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­sist.

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