Thursday, July 6, 2017

When You Find A Norwegian Wood Nymph, or Thoughts on Thale

A fairytale for adults, Thale (2012, pronounced Tall-Eh) is a micro-budget indie Norwegian fantasy/horror that impresses on many levels; a small cast, minimal sets that take advantage of natural (free) surroundings and the hesitant, beautiful menace of Silje ReinÃ¥mo as the titular Thale.  The movie follows Elvis and Leo, two crime scene cleaners who go out to a cabin in the woods, only to find, in addition to a dead body, a secret underground lab hiding a telepathic mute lady with a tail.  The lady is a huldra, basically a Scandinavian forest mermaid, though the Native American Deer Woman might be more appropriate.  The guys are naturally frightened and confused, but there’s not much time to do anything before the military steps in, along with Thale’s people, who want her back.
It’s a quiet movie that requires patience initially, until you realize that the budget of this film was $10,000.  Written and directed by Aleksander L. Nordaas, the forest hulders are spindly CGI creatures reminiscent of a Guillermo del Toro drawing, or maybe Species 8472 from Voyager.  That should give you an idea of the quality of CGI, but hey, they look great for 10 grand.  You and I could not make a movie this good by maxing out one credit card.

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