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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

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  • The scary moments are there, but they take patience. And then they take you by surprise.

    Jan 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Thelma" treads the line between the psychological and supernatural, gracefully at first, and then with increasing abandon.

    Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • As a hushed, haunting portrait of a young woman reconciling daughterly duty and her own incipient power, "Thelma" feels like a stylish, timely allegory for the present moment.

    Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's chilly in Oslo, and in this movie; the better to sneak up on you quietly, like an unexpected shiver.

    Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Trier has found a new way to depict and talk about these emotions and experiences that most human beings know and can never really get over. His way is cold, deadpan, extreme, and very Scandinavian, and it's effective.

    Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Thelma" is tense, thoughtful and beautifully composed ...

    Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Thelma

  • 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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