Heralded Norwegian writer/director Joachim Trier’s thriller about a lonely young student who may have kinetic powers is a daring and resonant exploration of the dangers of repression, and a sexy, head-spinning treat.

Director: Joachim Trier
Cast: Elli Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen
Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: Norway

MA15+Strong themes and coarse language


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Thelma

“Beguiling. An ominous, unnerving and strangely powerful thriller… it sticks to your bones like a shiver, and sinks deeper for days after the credits have rolled.”
David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE

“Sublimely ambiguous, austere and also deeply sad and heartbreaking. Superbly directed and written, an utterly spellbinding portrayal of the unconscious mind and the terrible implications of transformative power.”
Rodrigo Perez, THE PLAYLIST

“Trier torques the narrative tension masterfully. Thelma doesn’t play with jump scares; its dreamlike dread is subtler and stranger, and much harder to shake.”
Leah Greenblatt, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Both a moving allegory and a compelling film. Scenes play slowly and effectively at their own pace, revealing striking imagery without relying on jumps, gore or, God help us, pop culture references. The final act, in which all social veneers crack like thin ice, is simultaneously terrifying and empowering.”
Jordan Hoffman, VANITY FAIR

OFFICIAL SELECTION (NORWAY) – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 NORWEGIAN INTL. FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 NEW YORK, TORONTO, BFI LONDON & ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVALS

From heralded writer/director Joachim Trier (Reprise, Oslo August 31st), THELMA is a spine-tingling thriller with a deeply romantic heart, about a lonely young woman who discovers she may have supernatural powers.

Brought up in rural Norway by her religious and quietly domineering mother (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and father (Henrik Rafaelsen), painfully shy Thelma (Elli Harboe) has recently arrived in Oslo to begin her university studies. At the library one afternoon, she experiences a powerful seizure, and beautiful fellow student Anja (Kaya Wilkins) is there to help. Developing an overwhelming attraction to her new friend, yet anxious that these feelings betray her beliefs, Thelma begins to manifest a dangerous and uncontrollable power that her parents have long feared…

While the genre-hybridity and northern setting is reminiscent of Let the Right One In, Trier’s electrifying, constantly surprising film is in a world of its own, commanding attention right from its heart-stopping opening sequence and not letting go. Featuring stunning cinematography from Jakob Ihre and a star-making central performance from Harboe, THELMA is ultimately a daring and resonant exploration of the dangers of repression, and a sexy, head-spinning treat.

MORE…
“I’ve always been drawn to the idea of the mental image in cinema as something equally important to the observation of reductive reality.” – Director Joachim Trier on memory, trauma and the fairytale appeal of THELMA with The Film Stage.

Thelma

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