"The woods are full of many mysteries and Thale is one of them"
Sometimes when you're just cleaning up blood on the floor you come across the strangest things. You know, knives, bullet casings, "Thale", splatter and did we say "Thale"?
"Thale" if you haven't heard is a Norwegian indie about a mysterious woman that two cleaners find during one of their assignments. The story is a little spacey, meaning it doesn't really have a solid morsel to bite into, but it's not bad for a Netflix night. It's been classified as supernatural horror, but it has more of a mythology feel to it. Want to know more? Well then, Let's Unhinge...
A lot of times when you watch a film, you expect to be transported somewhere or immersed into a tense plight of some kind. With "Thale", the viewer is more or less figuring out the story alongside two central characters named Leo and Elvis. These two keep the story moving, but
Thale Is The Real Prize
Now who is "Thale"? Oh, Thale is a doe-eyed hottie that doesn't talk and has the weirdest addiction to canned foods. Canned foods? Yeah, she's pretty primitive or so it would seem;)
You see, Leo and Elvis find her after they venture a little two far into a crime scene they we're "touching up". It's amazing how they found anything with all the blood and goo everywhere, but they find her and once she shows up it's a whole different matter.
Questions such as "Who is she" and "Where did she come from" would be the most obvious, but it's hard to get answers from someone that doesn't talk. So what do the two do?
Well, they start looking for clues to make sense of it all and what they find may even be a little more alarming than the fact that "Thale" just tried to kill one of them!
You know one of the main tell-tells of most indie films is that they are cost-effective or as some might say "low-budget". What we liked about "Thale" and what kept us watching is that they didn't skimp on the quality of the film recording. And what does that mean? Basically, it just means that the movie doesn't look like it was shot with a handy-cam..lol You know, there wasn't some VHS hook up streaming the images to a digital converter. They made sure we had something pleasant to view with our eyes.
However, they did cut costs in other areas which limited the full potential of the film's promise. For instance, you only have maybe, what like three speaking characters and possibly 4 or five different scenes. This is not something that is a guillotine to the film, but we're sure with more money they could have done a few more things to give "Thale" that oomph it deserved.
But then again, if they had megabucks behind the film, it wouldn't have been an indie now would it?
So To Make A Long Story Short
"Thale" is a decent Netflix view, it's not over the top, but it's interesting enough to keep you entertained. The ending leaves something to be desired, but hey Aleksander Nordass did what he could with handling both the writing and directing of the film. That's a lot more than some young directors do for their films their first few times out of the gate.
So should you watch it? Why not? Who doesn't want to see a pretty lady steeped in mythology with some strange looking friends? You can catch it now on Netflix. Enjoy!
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