The Troll Hunter 0+

(Trolljegeren), André Øvredal, N 2010, Norwegian version / Czech and English subtitles, 103 min

While the rest of the world knows trolls as either fantasy creatures or cute little critters with big tummies and wild hair, in Norway they are part of its national folklore, appearing in fairy tales that parents read to their children before bed. They have their own well-developed mythology and exist in various forms, from small, kindhearted beings to huge, bloodthirsty monsters. But what if trolls actually exist and the Norwegian government is merely covering it up? Three students set out to investigate a series of bizarre bear attacks in the mountains and forests of Norway. There they meet a strange man whose battered jeep and reeking trailer are always in the vicinity every time a bear is killed. The man, whom everyone thinks of as a poacher, claims that he is a troll hunter, and he allows the crew to tag along. Beyond investigating trolls, this cleverly constructed mockumentary ponders a vaguely philosophical question: if the fabled warriors who battled monsters were around today, what would their lives be like?

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