Writer: Aleksander Nordaas
Stars: Morten Andresen, Erlend Nervold and Silje Reinåmo
The Nordic countries – and northern Europe in general – have rich traditions of myth and folklore that are little known outside of their own borders but with The Troll Hunter hitting Sundance and Aleksander Nordaas’ Thale that had premiere in Oslo on February 17th, Norway’s mythic creatures are getting a big boost.
Nordaas’ picture revolves around a huldra – a seductive forest spirit who appears from the front to be a beautiful young woman but who also has a cow’s thale and whose back appears to be like a hollowed out tree. The huldra has been known to offer rewards to those who satisfy them sexually and death to those who fail to do so and are also prone to stealing human babies.
The movie has got mixed reviews in Norway.
VG ( national newspaper): ‘…Director, writer, editor and multi artist Alexander Nordaas succeeds in creating a claustrophobic atmosphere down in the basement, and in building up to the traditional ‘jump out of your seat’ moments….He has achieved much on a low-budget, and the movie has its good moments. But the movie is also marred by a couple of obvious logical flaws’.
NATT&DAG (monthly free cultural newspaper): ‘…I hope this is going to be Silje Reinåmo’s breakthrough, because she is a wonderful lady who I would like to see more of (even though I see almost everything of her in about 80 minutes..). In a perfect blend of being cute and sexy, vulnerable and dangerous, she delivers a really good performance without saying a single word. She plays on the sensual strings without being pornographic and actually makes me feel like a teenager in love…’
Watch the trailer here:
Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews
Sources: Twitchfilm, IMDb