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Thale

Thale (2013)

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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.

Apr 23, 2013

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It's too wordy by half, saying what it should be showing -- which is ironic, given helmer Aleksander L. Nordaas' able hand, early on, with unspoken, unseen horrors.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Odd hybrid doesn't make the most of its folkloric premise.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Soon the wealth of exposition is accompanied by the appearance of hoofed CG wilderness she-beasts devoid of any terrifying personality.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's none of the usual horror over-emphasis here - it's just observational, matter of fact, and thereby much creepier.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

the unexpected is precisely what is delivered by this low-budget, high-ambition rewriting of local ancient folklore in a modern idiom.

June 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinetalk
Cinetalk

Hokey CGI; if the budget wasn't enough to make the effects good enough, they should have been left out entirely.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Ultimately all wind-up -- a work that dances around a couple moods and genres without ever really wholeheartedly committing to one in particular.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

When it tries to do something different and dangerous, Thale succeeds. When it goes for the heart, or the hero moment, it winds up being more miss than hit.

April 6, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Solid work from writer/director Aleksander Nordaas, who shapes a beguiling monster movie without ever truly indulging the tropes that often accompany the chaos.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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There is a great deal of humour in the story; the message that 'man is the real savage' is not fresh but it's well played by the director and his leading men.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Thale packs a lot of character and atmosphere into a short running time, making for an entertaining closed-space thriller.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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May 20, 2013
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Alexsander Nordaas has got the mystery going in Thale.The film itself only runs an hour and 15 minutes, and considering a bulk of the film consists of 3 characters in a shed, that would seem pretty appropriate. The story does hold a lot of interest, although the pacing tends to be a bit slow and the plot details not as fulfilling as the film concept.The fantasy element is held to a minimum on screen. The CG isn't the greatest, but it's not the worst either. It's probably for the best that it's used conservatively.Silje Reinamo is quite the attractive lure on screen. She has absolutely no dialogue to deliver, but with all her screen time and for what she is asked to do, she gets it done. Erlend Nevold and Jon Sigve Skard provide the dialogue as two clean up crew members that end up on a job that revolves around folklore.For a low budget mysterious fantasy out of Norway, Thale is worth the check out.
February 2, 2013
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Interesting idea that sadly runs out of steam too quickly.
July 31, 2013
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