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Estranged friends Leo (a crime-scene cleaner) and hired-hand Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy casualty deep in the Norwegian woods. When Elvis accidentally finds a secret passage that leads to a subterranean living space, he also encounters Thale, a beautiful young woman who sings, but does not speak. Though they are intrigued and concerned for her, they are ill-prepared when others, tracking Thale, finally catch up to her.Written by
The entire set of the interiors were shot in Alexsander's parents basement in Mosjøen, Norway. A Thale or Thallen is a Scandinavian folkloric creature which possesses magical powers to induce empathy in humans if caught out of the forest, where they dwell. In the English-speaking world it would likely be classified as "faery folk". See more »
Near the start of the film, we see the creature Thale suddenly emerge from a bathtub full of liquid. Yet her hair is barely even wet. See more »
[Speaking to Leo, English subtitle]
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I must admit that the DVD cover for the movie is quite alluring, and I had the sense that it would either be a good movie or fail miserably. And now having seen it, I must say that I was impressed.
The movie isn't extraordinary in any way, as it was limited by budget and also limited to a very small aspect of a potentially greater storyline. But still, the movie was entertaining and good fun to watch.
Now, when I say that I was impressed, I mean by the performances put on by Silje Reinåmo (playing Thale), Erlend Nervold (playing Elvis) and especially Jon Sigve Skard (playing Leo). They did really good jobs with their characters and carried the movie so well.
I believe that you have to really be accustomed to Norwegian folklore and legends to really get the storyline of this movie. Without such knowledge, the movie can be a little bit indifferent I suppose. And one thing that I was puzzled about was why Thale was so different from the other Hulda people in the forest. Gives you something to think about.
The story in "Thale" is about Leo and Elvis who are out deep in the forest on a cleaning job on a very messy site, when they discover a hidden entrance to a basement. They scale the stairs and find a small laboratory of sorts hidden beneath the surface. And here they also find a young, beautiful, naked woman in a bathtub. Leo and Elvis find themselves wrapped up in some mysterious events as they start to find out who or what Thale really is.
This movie came out of nowhere and proved to be good fun to watch. Norway has more to offer than just majestic scenery and black metal.
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