This is an upgraded version of Twilight zone’s “It’s a Beautiful Life”. A brilliant film that interweaves religion and sexuality through this tug-of-war between supernatural v.s reality. It gives that whirlwind of confusion Donnie Darko has and you crack Easter eggs every time you watch it again. So many deep symbolisms that has double entendres that parallels religious context and queerness as a mental illness.
Carrie develops demonic powers in response to abuse, kills her abusive parent and goes to hell. Thelma has demonic powers by default, kills her baby brother, then her conflicted parent, and goes on to become a liberated lesbian. You tell me what sort of message is in there.
At times I felt there was a little bit too much being thrown into the mix here but it just about justifies the clutter. A very impressive shift in tone and genre from Trier, who mounts this effective social-horror film with a lot of brio. Creepy, scary and ultimately very moving.
Una interesante muestra de cine fantástico noruego, la cuál guarda algunos puntos en común con CARRIE (Brian de Palma, 1976) y cuya efectividad se basa en la solidez de un guión que evita el uso indiscriminado de atmósferas opresivas y efectos especiales fluyendo de manera convincente y natural, razones por las que bien se puede considerar, en cambio, como una inteligente respuesta nórdica a los X-Men de la Marvel.
What a find! Thelma is such an intense and mysterious film throughout blending exciting and powerful ideas together with elements of psychological horror, science fiction, and self-discovery. I loved the last act, and the delicate ending was really an experience - and the discovery on the window was chilling! Completely recommend.