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Thale (2012)

Silje Reinåmo , Erlend Nervold , Aleksander Nordaas  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard, Morten Andresen, Roland Astrand
  • Directors: Aleksander Nordaas
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B58FWTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she's been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface… Fun fact: THALE is based on a mythical character in Nordic folklore called the "huldra". According to the myth, a huldra is a beautiful creature with female attributes living deep in the woods. It is said that it seduces men that works in the woods by humming a beautiful song, and they never return to their village. You can recognize a huldra by its cow tail.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Indy Horror/Drama March 19, 2013
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This is premium quality, foreign, indy film. The characters are well developed, the flash backs are done creatively and cleanly and no one tried to overstep their bounds with effects. I felt genuine emotion during the dramatic sequences and wished it had been longer. I can imagine some people will find fault with specific parts of the movie after having rented/ purchased it but in my opinion this movie delivers what it promises. I wish that the writers had made the time span we get to spend with the three main characters longer and that there had been a few more action sequences. I think it's worth every penny of a rental fee and I would consider purchasing it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Meet the "Huldra" - a mythological forest creature (humanoid) from Scandinavian Lore. The setting is beautiful at times, but primarily focused upon a woodland cabin (underground warren) and surrounding terrain. However, this low budget Indie approach works, as we experience the daily grind of two men who clean houses, including those with crime scenes or dead occupants. These characters are nicely developed as the story unfolds, and you end up caring about them. They are dealing with the burdens of life - as we all are. Their mundane cleaning assignment takes an "Alice" turn when they decide to fall down the metaphorical rabbit hole only to meet a seemingly "habituated" Huldra. The performances are good all around, with the actors carrying the water without much dialogue - they must rely upon emotion, interaction, flashbacks, physical, etc. The pace and plot are just fine, albeit slower than the big budget stuff - same feel as Troll Hunter. The CGI was well done for the price, and I deemed the rental cost worth it for the intro to the Huldra mythology. On my Indie scale, it's a 4 star, but temper your expectations to that production style. Finally, this doesn't meet my threshold for the "horror" category. It's barely Dark Fantasy. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie August 10, 2013
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I find myself buying more films from Sweden, Norway, Russia, and other European countries because the stories are superior, uniquely told, and more thought provoking than most of the crap coming out of LaLa-land. Hate to say it but American films (except for most independents and small studio fare) could be made by thoughtless automatons. Perhaps this is because American movie makers only care about the holy dollar, not the story. Too much money is spent on special effects or terrible overpriced actors (?) and advertising. I believe that LaLa-land can't make movies without nudity, foul language, anti-Americanism (I don't understand this position at all), thinly disguised racism, anti-God or anti-Christian, anti-family, etc messaging. The few good films that get made earn Billions worldwide so I just don't get it.

Generally, foreign films are low budgeted endeavors concentrating more on story. No matter the genre, the story is what matters. In the case of "Thale", a film based on the "hulder" of Norwegian folklore, we have one of these beings, female, discovered by "cleanup men" (sort of a forensics team) as they process a death. She's been locked away by members of a government research group for years, unable to speak, and not understanding her situation.

This movie cost about $10000 to make and not a penny is wasted. Acting is very good and so are the special effects. Thale is a great morality play and well worth watching. The film is in Norwegian or dubbed English. Subtitles are provided as are additional highlights.

The hulder are described in Wikipedia for those who are interested.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Thale April 10, 2013
A pair of unsuspecting cleaners stumble upon a mysterious girl that has been locked away beneath a remote cabin in the woods during one of their jobs. After searching the cabin, they quickly come to find that the lovely Thale may belong to a mythical race of woodland creatures, and that there are evil forces at work outside the cabin that hope to capture and exploit her for their own gain. Aleksander Nordaas brings the Scandinavian legend of the Huldra to life in the Fantasy Horror film, THALE. THALE is given a sense of whimsical wonder through Silje Reinåmo's inquisitive performance as the titular creature. Reinåmo acts as though she is experiencing the world for the first time, and lashes out with an animal-like ferocity when cornered. Erlend Nervold and Jon Sigve Skard are left to navigate us through the story as Elvis and Leo, whose personal defects give them an unbridled sense of humanity as we are drawn deeper in to their characters. The story, itself, seems quite strange at first for a Fantasy Horror piece of its kind, but Nordaas adapts many modern themes in order to blend myth with reality. THALE continues the trend of fanciful Scandinavian creature features as we have seen recently in RARE EXPORTS and TROLL HUNTER, bringing a dark new twist to ancient lore.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thale a modern fairy tale. May 17, 2013
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Hollywood should take lessons from this film. A simple tale became an excellent film. Huldra's supposingly live in the forest, but this one is special. You won't understand the nature of this gift till the end. It is a remarkable story that is told in the simplest terms. no pretense here. This sits right next to "Let the right one In". I bought this as a pay-for-view and then bought the Blue Ray. It is a great film. Give it a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
It was a very interesting movie, well worth the watch. It has an immense build up and the climax is fairly short but worth the anticipation. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise of a movie
No point in talking about the plot, others will. The characters were great and the interactions between the two main characters was a great portrayal of old friends. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Kevin D. costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming "horror" story. A new cult favorite.
I'm a guy, I should say I was yawning. True the beginning drags a bit, but it was somehow OK.
This is one of the best "low budget" shows I've seen.
Published 25 days ago by tuned
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Fantasy/Horror/Mystery
At a cabin in the Norwegian woods, an unusual find awaits a pair of professionals who specialize in cleaning up the sites of accidents, crimes and suicides. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen O'Blenis
5.0 out of 5 stars YES. This movie rocks.
I wish I at least understood Swedish. The visual imagery tells a lot of the story.
The "Mythical? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raven White Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome spin on an old folklore creature
Very much enjoyed this interesting spin on a creature from folklore. I did not understand the language and had to try to keep up with subtitles but it was worth it to keep up with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bruce Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but well done.
A low budget film but well done. Good story line plus good continuity. I actually liked it and thought it came out very well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Loretta
4.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian horror/scifi
Very atmospheric film about two men who discover a girl kept captive in the basement of a rural house where a man has been killed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ronald L. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so scary movie.
This movie is Norwegian about an experiment that has gone wrong of a girl who was some sort of animal turn her half human and part animal.
Published 5 months ago by Grant Raymond williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Okay first, BEFORE watching this you need to look up what a HULDA is. (yes that is the correct spelling). This movie will make no sense if you do not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by court
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