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Thale (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 17 February 2012 (Norway)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Aleksander Nordaas
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The continuing adventures of a Norwegian folk legend about a woman with a tale that comes to life.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Silje Reinåmo ... Thale
Erlend Nervold ... Elvis
Jon Sigve Skard ... Leo
Morten Andresen ... Hvittkledd
Roland Astrand Roland Astrand ... Voice (voice) (as Roland Åstrand)
Sunniva Lien ... Thale, ung
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Storyline

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 v1ct0rth3cl34n3r

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In a cellar, dark and deep, I lay my dearest down to sleep; A secret they would like to keep.


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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Thale - Ein dunkles Geheimnis See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosjøen, Nordland, Norway See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$296,500
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Elvis: [Speaking to Leo, English subtitle] How long did they give you?
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Very talented young filmmaking on tiny budget
25 February 2012 | by OJTSee all my reviews

After seeing the first teaser of Thale I wasn't expecting very much of this Norwegian low budget film which is a mix of the genres crime, drama, gore and adventure. The more I got surprised by seeing the film at the cinema.

'Thale' is based on a mythical character in Norwegian folklore called 'Huldra'. A hulder is a beautiful young woman living in water in the dark woods, louring men into the water with them, getting attention with their heavenly singing. This folklore came from warning kids to stay away from waters, back in the ancient times. A hulder looks just like a woman, except you tell it's a hulder by her tail.

The film opens with some rather disgusting scenes, really preparing you on something the film isn't - gory. Two crime scene washers comes to a cottage out in the deep woods. It's a long time since I've seen such a start of a film involving blood, stiff body and puking. But the film soon changes more into a thriller when the two men find i cellar looking like a serial killers office. Then they discover Thale...

It's easy to see that this film is low budget, but there's much talent here. Silje Reinåmo (Thale) is very good, and the CGI is handled well. Norwegian folklore suits CGI great. With more work on the script, this could easily have been a classic like "TrollHunter".

Far from perfect, but I'll give a 6/10 for the talent and the difference. I'd like to see more on a larger budget and a more thorough script.


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