Thale
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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"There's none of the usual horror over-emphasis here - it's just observational, matter of fact, and thereby much creepier."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Ultimately all wind-up -- a work that dances around a couple moods and genres without ever really wholeheartedly committing to one in particular."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"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."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Odd hybrid doesn't make the most of its folkloric premise."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"the unexpected is precisely what is delivered by this low-budget, high-ambition rewriting of local ancient folklore in a modern idiom."
‑ Anton Bitel, Cinetalk
"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."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Thale packs a lot of character and atmosphere into a short running time, making for an entertaining closed-space thriller."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Soon the wealth of exposition is accompanied by the appearance of hoofed CG wilderness she-beasts devoid of any terrifying personality."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Hokey CGI; if the budget wasn't enough to make the effects good enough, they should have been left out entirely."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Solid work from writer/director Aleksander Nordaas, who shapes a beguiling monster movie without ever truly indulging the tropes that often accompany the chaos."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
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