The White Reindeer

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The White Reindeer
Original release poster
Directed by Erik Blomberg
Produced by Aarne Tarkas
Written by Erik Blomberg
Mirjami Kuosmanen
Starring Mirjami Kuosmanen
Music by Einar Englund
Cinematography Erik Blomberg
Edited by Erik Blomberg
Release date
  • 25 July 1952 (1952-07-25)
Running time
74 minutes (1952)
68 minutes (1986 restoration)
Country Finland
Language Finnish

The White Reindeer (Finnish: Valkoinen peura, Swedish: Den Vita Renen) is a 1952 Finnish horror drama film directed by Erik Blomberg. It was entered in competition at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival[1] and earned the Jean Cocteau-led jury special award for Best Fairy Tale Film.[2] After its limited release five years later in the United States, it was one of five films to win the 1957 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.[3][4]


The film, based on pre-Christian Finnish mythology and Sami shamanism, is set in Finnish Lapland and centers on a young woman, Pirita. In the snowy landscape, Pirita and reindeer herder Aslak meet and soon marry. Aslak must spend time away for work, leaving his new bride lonely. In an effort to alleviate her loneliness and ignite marital passion, Pirita visits the local shaman, who indeed helps her out; but in the process turns her into a shapeshifting, vampiric white reindeer. The villages' men are drawn to her and pursue her, with tragic results.[5][6]



Critical reception[edit]

Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 100%, based on 5 reviews, with a rating average of 6/10.[7]



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The White Reindeer". Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "The White Reindeer (Erik Blomberg, 1952)". Criterion. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "List of Winners - Golden Globes Best Foreign Film". Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  4. ^ Sundholm, John & Thorsen, Isak & Andersson, Lars Gustaf & Hedling, Olof & Iversen, Gunnar & Møller, Birgir Thor. Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema (Google eBook). p. 389 et seq. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Valkoinen Peura Synopsis". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer)". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer) (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 

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