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Thelma (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.

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Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma's powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja - feelings she doesn't dare acknowledge, even to herself - while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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While the film doesn't entirely deliver on its start, the overall mood remains pricked by a similar sense of doom and shivering unease.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The ending is a little shy of perfection but Thelma remains a tantalizing gem.

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Thelma" exerts a grip of its own, not least when it presses against other genres, leaching details from both science fiction and horror.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The spell it casts transcends the silly plotting. It puts you in a zone all its own.

November 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The dread in Thelma is not so easy to pin down, coming as it does almost totally through Trier's choice of visuals.

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's too much undeniably impressive filmmaking to dismiss Thelma; there's too much uncertain storytelling to actually recommend it.

November 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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