A coming of age film wherein a college student discovers her unmastered inexpicable powers as well as her curious attraction to a female friend.
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.
Perhaps had Thelma herself been a stronger character, more emotional, this could have had the bite it needed. Or if perhaps it had just been creepier. The Witch had that atmospheric bite, moments of covering your eyes horror. Thelma just glides in and out of dream-like creepiness; there's a couple of 'accidents' that are terrifying to think about but are shown so passively it's hard to get too worked up.
I did however appreciate the message of self acceptance. Thelma's actual emotional and physical problems all stemmed from her parents desire to steer her away from who she was, something you see often in hyper religious families who try to control every move their children make. It's once she finally accepts herself for who she is that not only is she able to free herself of their bonds (re: her dad) but also show that her gifts / uniqueness can actually do some true good (to her mom) and find happiness for herself.