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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Smooth, sublime imagery and a fascinating psychosexual plot shed a new light on the familiar topos of adolescent detachment and the subsequent chastisement with (religious) exorcism.
Joachim Trier again changes his style but stays faithful to the precision with which he observes the whole range of interpersonal relationships.
Its a beautifully written film: raw, poetic, hypnotic, ferociously human with a pinch of surnatural that completes it, à merveille. Loved the actresses' acting. One of my fave film of 2017. Keeping an eye on Joachim Trier future films...
Unexpectedly became the most exciting film I saw all festival. Simultaneously vibrant and dismal, Thelma tortures the psyche and shreds apart a moral dilemma regarding religion and sexuality that is shown affecting the titular character. Once her repression is addressed it surges outward in unexpected ways.
One of the best Norwegian films! Thelma is a stunning psychological portrait that touches on both metaphysical and social issues. When Thelma moves away from home to study biology she starts on a frightening path to self discovery. On the journey we are witness to disturbing levels of control, from faith, her family, and ultimately herself. It all makes for a powerful and interesting watch.
Trier continues his wining streak. "Thelma" conjures a coming-of-age story with a 'forbidden' love at its heart, hints of a psychosexual thriller, paranormal activities, some medical drama and force-fed catholicism... but it mostly worked for me. The film is elegantly shot, Eili Harboe is a revelation, and the mystery lives on. Oh, and the goddamn film poster with the bird over her eyes is a beauty.
A bizarre mix of Carrie and The Awakening that, alas, stumbles here and there: the insistent symbolism and powerful imagery barely mask the weak narrative. In line with the conventions of most horror movies, Thelma is a commentary on trauma, guilt, and forbidden sex. An underwhelming effort from the talented Trier.