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Fin­nish screen­writer/di­rec­tor Jal­mari He­lander ex­pands on his two pre­vi­ous short films to de­liver a bizarre, some­times-in­co­her­ent, beau­ti­fully pho­tographed tale that casts Christ­mas in a de­cid­edly grim light. Partly based on Scan­di­na­vian folk­lore but set in mod­ern-day Fin­land, the film finds pre-teen Pi­etari (Onni Tom­mila) and Rauno, his hard-edged fa­ther ( Jorma Tom­mila), strug­gling to cope af­ter the loss of mom. When Pi­etari stum­bles upon an evil, blood­thirsty Santa, the race is on to de­stroy him and his in­ex­pli­ca­bly can­ni­bal­is­tic, geri­atric, and naked elves. Yes, you read that cor­rectly. Rated R. 80 min­utes. In English and Fin­nish with sub­ti­tles. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Rob DeWalt)

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