Thale (SIFF 2012)

Thale starts off with the makings of a great Norwegian buddy-comedy: Elvis and his brother-in-law Leo cleaning up at a crime scene. Elvis runs the “No Shit Cleaning Service” and specializes in these types of difficult cleaning jobs, but Leo is just there to earn a little extra money for his family and can’t quite stomach the work. In the course of their cleaning, they discover the entrance to a hidden underground lair where they find evidence of someone living there along with a myriad of medical and scientific texts and tools. As they listen to one of the cassettes recorded by the late owner of the property, they begin to suspect they are not alone, but what they discover is something completely unexpected.

I really enjoyed this movie and felt that the slow, deliberate pace worked for holding suspense as the audience discovers more about what’s lurking in the basement hideaway. Without knowing more about the cultural significance of a huldra, it would have been nice to have just a little more information presented to guide my understanding. The comedic and calm personality of Elvis was my favorite part of the film, and his deadpan interactions with every other character he came into contact with heightened my overall enjoyment.

Provided Film Synopsis
Elvis and Leo, owners of a crime scene cleaning service, are shocked to discover Thale—a seductive forest nymph with a cow’s tail—while on assignment, entering a world of mythical Nordic folktale horror.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Aleksander Nordaas
  • Cast Members:

    • Erlend Nervold
    • Jon Sigve Skard
    • Morten Andresen
    • Silje Reinåmo
    • Sunniva Lien
  • Countries:

    • Norway
  • Languages:

    • Norwegian
  • Genres:

    • Fantasy
    • Thriller