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This review is from: Thale [DVD] (DVD)
Having first seen this at a screening in late 2011, and myself submitting sets of subtitles for it (as the original ones, when you could get them, were all appalling), I've come to know and love Thale.
On a tiny budget from YesBox Productions, this is a Fairy Tail* quite unlike any other (ok, maybe "Troll Hunter"), blurring fantasy and horror in a truly Grimm way - from the opening with two forensic cleaners on the job, it does zero half-measures.
It's lilting, carefully time-managed intro slowly unfurls into the discovery of a nymph-like creature, the "Hulder" aka Thale, hidden away underground, seemingly all alone. Inquisitive Elvis tries to take on board with relish the mystery of the beautiful mute girl-creature, and with his estranged brother, Leo, discover that they've been living in a world they really haven't known at all well.
At just over an hour fifteen, it doesn't hang around very long before you're engaged in the mystery of folkloric story yourself, with more than a few carefully distributed shocks along the way, not enough to scare the pants off you, but plenty enough to drive the story along & make you re-watch it again & again.
The only negative thing I'm about to say is the following: it's just been receiving a push re-released worldwide with an emphasis on breaking the USA, where undoubtedly it'll get re-made by Hollywood in English, star a 17-year-old wetdream weighing 80lbs as Thale and Ben Affleck & Matt Damon replacing the recurring awesome duo of jon sigve skard & morten andersson, will lose all it's charm and end up ten years on as a Disney cartoon with happy endings galore.
The Scandinavians do fantasy and horror intelligently and lovingly, and it shows.
*Yes, I meant "Tail", not "Tale".