Productions (France), with support from the Finnish Film Foundation, Norwegian Film Institute, FilmCamp and Filmpool Nord.[5]. Plot. The fell is believed to be the home of Joulupukki, a figure in Finnish folklore that helped shape modern day versions of Santa Claus. The day before Christmas Eve, Pietari's father Rauno, a local reindeer slaughterer, digs a trap pit in the yard to protect the remaining reindeer in case of wolves. They run to Juuso's nearby snowmobile quarreling about Santa Claus's existence, as the team begins to excavate the fell using explosives. Reviewer Annika Pham, writing for, described it as a "Tim Burton-esque version of Santa's story" and said, "The icy Lappish landscapes are beautifully captured by [director of photography] Mika Orasmaa and the feel of the large-scale adventure epic is wrapped up in sweeping musical orchestration. He and McGrath have an undeniable chemistry that, honestly, makes us a little jealous. Whether you love them or hate them, Hallmark Christmas movies are everywhere this time of year. It’s one of the movies we’re glad to see air a million times during the season, because we watch it every time. Ebert concluded that "this is a fine film. Rauno and Aimo detonate the explosives, killing Santa Claus and causing the elves to stop at the reindeer pen before they can hurt Pietari. The chemistry between leads Alice Evans and John Newton instantly draws viewers in, making it impossible to not get invested in their story. "[17] It's in made-up land. [12], Roger Ebert awarded the film three and a half out of four stars and called it "a rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking" and considered it "an R-rated Santa Claus origin story crossed with The Thing." You have so many choices for Ebenezer Scrooge, there’s no reason to punish yourself with this one. After the children are returned to their homes, Rauno decides to start a new business with the Subzero company, in which the captured elves are trained to become mall Santas and exported to various locations around the world. Does the story have a moral? While he, Rauno, and Aimo discuss their plans, Pietari calls his friends on the telephone, and finds that they have all gone missing. McKellar is so great, we are instantly reminded why we’ve loved her since we were kids. One Starry Christmas is a great example of how to use all three to tell a fun story. This book makes this famous Christmas story available to a young readership while still capturing the atmosphere and suspense of the original. Can you think of reasons why Scrooge hates Christmas? While on leave, Cody heads to the town where his card came from, meets Faith and her family, then joins them for Christmas. Can you find out more about the author, Charles Dickens, and use the information to write his biography? It started with annual ornament releases, then transitioned into the Countdown to Christmas event that happens on all the Hallmark Channels. Sheri Linden of the Los Angeles Times praised the "twisted black humor in this frosty Finnish fantasy ... What unfolds is a dark comic thriller and action-hero send-up, a strange alloy of daredevil helicopter maneuvers and night of the living elves. Registered in England - No: 09178280 VAT No: 199650845. A fantastic resource for the primary classroom with related teaching ideas! The attack of the wolves seems to be the final straw. When Martha consulted the microwave's manual for the cooking time, she could not believe that ten minutes would be enough for a traditional Christmas pudding. No Hallmark movie has ever gone well with an unlikeable heroine. Holly’s lies are so constant, her niece wishes for her to tell the truth for Christmas. Read the story and identify any references that show what life was like in the nineteenth century. Even though Pietari was grounded for playing a trick with his father for using reindeer traps in the fireplace, he has been full of fear of the approaching Christmas, like an animal sensing a more powerful beast in its territory. Help your children to learn about Victorian Britain with our bumper resource pack! A classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable, tight-fisted old man who finds that the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future are capable of changing his selfish ways to embrace the spirit of the festive season. Pietari returns home to read some books about Santa Claus, which suggest that he was a horned being who whips misbehaving children and boils them in a cauldron. Kids will love the diminutive, motherless hero and a plot that's completely bonkers; adults will enjoy the exuberantly pagan images and deadpan humor." Pietari asks his father to spank him for his bad deeds, such as plying open the fence to Korvantunturi, as he fears that the children's bad deeds might have caused Santa to take them away. Teaching Ideas Ltd. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. © Teaching Ideas 1998-2020 However, it’s actually just uncomfortable to watch them jump through hoops to keep this lie going. On the morning of Christmas Eve the trap has worked, but instead of a wolf, there is a naked old man trapped in it. Make a list of words that are used to describe Scrooge in the book. Two local boys, Juuso and Pietari, watch the team at work and eavesdrop on their discussions. "[10], The film won numerous awards such as the Locarno International Film Festival's Variety Piazza Grande Award[5] and Best Motion Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Director – as well as a "Special Mention" for the Silver Méliès for Best European Motion Picture Award – at the 43rd Sitges Film Festival in 2010. Here, the film's writer and director Jalmari Helander established a band of three hunters (marker, sniper, and tracker) searching the wilderness of Lapland for the wild Santa Claus. Captured in atmospheric widescreen camerawork, the end-of-the-world frozen landscape (actually Norway) is spectacular and spooky. Rauno examines the carcasses worriedly. While she’s being lied to, she has to contend with a meddling family and jerk ex-boyfriend. Hallmark Channel loves stories about veterans coming home and finding love at Christmas. Use art software to create illustrations of scenes within the book or the characters that appear. The scary elements (suggested more than shown) are sufficient to keep 13+ viewers on edge, but could have been further elaborated – along with the original concept – to make Rare Exports a timeless seasonal delight. Pietari enters Piiparinen's house, and finds that Piiparinen's son Juuso is gone, with a straw effigy in his place. The plot in Toy Story revolves around Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) believing that he is truly an astronaut, a real-life space ranger, and not a toy. As Hallmark meet cutes go, mistaken identity and a ruined wedding dress aren’t that out there. The fourth requirement is met when Holly dumps Adam after an embarrassing marriage proposal. You have so many choices for Ebenezer Scrooge, there’s no reason to punish yourself with this one. In Every Christmas Has a Story, viewers are lost right out of the gate when they meet TV host Kate (Lori Loughlin). Siblings who switch lives is a fun concept for kids’ movies. However, add in a fake relationship and it brings everything back on brand. RELATED: 10 Most Common Tropes in Hallmark Christmas Movies. After the positive reception from an online audience, Woodpecker Film produced and published the sequel short movie Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions in 2005,[7] again with Helander as writer-director.