Thelma

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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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Critic Reviews for Thelma

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (136) | Rotten (11)

  • Thelma's story plays out beautifully, even through the pain and sorrow.

    February 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An intense treatise on loneliness, repression, and control.

    December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Thelma is the kind of brooding, emotionally-charged movie that demands your full attention at all times.

    October 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Thelma is a wonderfully composed work, one that involves you at a pace of its own.

    September 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Anchored by Harboe's deft performance, one that channels both a teenager's aloofness and frustrations while managing to find the maturity to reckon with her new reality, the film is at turns tense and menacing.

    May 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • At once a haunting drama, a delicate love story, and a supernatural horror film, Thelma is a captivating picture that burns slow and leaves a lasting mark when pressed.

    May 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 22, 2019
    A stylish, minimalistic, and effective thriller, Thelma isn't groundbreaking - apart from its LGBTQ representation (which is fantastic to see in this genre) - but it engages the viewer and tells a coherent story that sticks the landing in the end.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2018
    Such small emotions. Such large repercussions. Part Carrie, part Moonlight. Thelma explores our deepest desires and the expectations of the world that don't often align. This is all tone and Norwegian director Joachim Trier nails exactly what he was seemingly aiming for.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2018
    Though it may seem at first like an unoriginal combination of Carrie and Blue Is the Warmest Color, Thelma is a haunting and sometimes pretty tense film centered on a young teenage girl from a strongly religious family struggling with her sexual impulses and desires.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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