Just weak. Maybe for someone who's never seen any movie in the same department. Starts like Requiem, progresses like Katalin Varga or Valhalla Rising with some droney tune over a slow zoom into woods, but probably without really meaning it, and it ends like meh.
2.5. I might be extra negative as Trier is so hyped in Norway. He is good at name dropping French new wave directors in interviews, but "Thelma" is Norwegian Hollywood with crappy effects. Some of the characters are interesting and should have had more time in the film.
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.