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2017 | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden
Director: Joachim Trier
Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
Norwegian with English subtitles

From heralded writer/director Joachim Trier (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 and father, painfully shy Thelma 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 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.

Please note: contains a scene with strobe effects.

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.
2018 Academy Awards
Best Film, Norwegian International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017
Toronto International Film Festival 2017