Extremely underwhelming effort from Joachim Trier, who in my opinion has set the bar incredibly high with his previous films. It's the grace with which he directs that saves Thelma from being a complete bore. The imagery helps as well. But ultimately the narrative isn't compelling enough.
A bizarre mix of Carrie and The Awakening that, alas, stumbles here and there: the symbolism and powerful imagery barely mask the weak narrative. Like most horror, Thelma is concerned about trauma, guilt, and forbidden sex. An underwhelming effort from the talented Trier.
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.
Wow! What a fantastic slow-burn psych-thriller. Thelma is a beautifully restrained and tender work. It's also visually bold and surprisingly powerful with a main score that perfectly embodies the mix of yearning and unease. Setting it within a strict, modern Christian framework made the final turns so much more credible and refreshing. Great stuff! 4.5 stars
Another good effort from Trier. Stunningly shot, great soundtrack and an accomplished cast. The script however veers a bit all over the place never really settling. We have seen stories like this before about big themes such as religion, family, repression and sexuality, and eventhough this is a good movie with a stellar lead actor, the whole thing left me wanting more. Affecting and uninvolving in equal measures.