Excerpt: What do you get when you take one over-actor, one under-actor, a mythical creature, and place them in the Norwegian woods? The answer is Thale , the worst thing to come out of Norway since the Viking raids.
Conclusion: Inspired by Scandinavian folklore about mythical forest creatures, 'Thale' follows two friends in their discovery of what could be a huldra. The movie's success comes mostly from the mystery surrounding the origins and life of the beautiful Thale, and it makes for a decent piece of entertainment.
Excerpt: Norwegian folklore comes to life in this 2012 festival circuit darling from Europe. Two ordinary crime-scene cleaners discover in a locked cellar what appears to be a feral woman. Have they stumbled upon a terrible crime? We soon learn the woman is no mere human and named Thale (Silje Reinåmo).
Conclusion: Thale is the kind of film that enthuses reviewers and often disappoints fans of horror and fantasy. It's a low-budget effort with a minimalist aesthetic, and it works primarily at the level of suggestion and character interaction.
Summary: A nutty Norwegian mashup of drollery, myth and jolts to the nervous system, "Thale" does a deft dance between grossout comedy and horror fantasy. Still, it's too wordy by half, saying what it should be showing.