Winding up a successful limited run engagement, ‘Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale’ screens tonight and tomorrow at the Texas Theatre before sailing off into the unknown.
The film is a magical ride, with a gliding sense of the translucence between fables and reality, in which an old tale about Santa Claus being buried under a mountain in Finland is exhumed and brilliantly re-invented. It avoids overdosing on either cynicism or sentimentality, and the snowy climes are a beautiful backdrop for the story that unfolds. I saw it at Fantastic Fest in Austin last September and it was one of the highlights of the festival. Highly recommended.