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3.8
1,751 Ratings

Thelma

Directed by Joachim Trier
Norway, France, 2017
Drama, LGBT+

Synopsis

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.

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Thelma Directed by Joachim Trier
What is unexpected about Thelma is its subtle introduction of quantum field theory to arouse epistemological trouble. This is not to suggest that Trier’s negation of a formative sexual encounter is by any means a gracious act, but that the film attempts to tussle with something juicier than human sex.
January 18, 2019
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With Trier’s brooding, precise stylization, it does cast a disturbing spell. But horror turns on helplessness, on pulling viewer and protagonist into a world that, on some basic level, they want no part of. Thelma starts with that idea, but moves away from the monstrous, toward compassion and understanding. Like an emo Carrie, it probes the profound underlying sadness beneath tales of possession. It makes vivid the protagonist’s loneliness and despair.
November 08, 2017
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There’s a lot going on in “Thelma,” too much at times, with a number of familiar story-structures dovetailing in at different angles. Ultimately, it’s the story of a strange submissive girl investigating the mystery of her own clouded-over past . . . “Thelma” operates, too, like a thriller, or a horror film, filled with strange portents and seemingly supernatural phenomena. There are some truly spooky sequences. But its engine is the emotional awakening of an extremely repressed girl.
November 10, 2017
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