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Thelma is a Norwegian film directed by Joachim Trier. Thelma is a supernatural horror-esque thriller with Eili Harboe in the titular role.
I had my doubts about this movie when I first viewed the trailer but my doubts faded, all in thanks to Joachim and team for crafting a sensual, complex, visceral and dark film that’s surely one of 2017’s best offerings. The film follows Thelma a somewhat grounded and religious varsity student who begins experiencing unexplainable seizures, which trigger a dark supernatural side of her.
I found the film to be so compelling in which it explored human nature, the good and the bad. Its ability to play with reality and fantasy is masterful and its use genre tropes in unique ways that elevate the film further.
A queer film that uses Thelma’s curiosity to reveal details of her tragic past that will have you gasping. The film engrosses you into Thelma that we’re on this wonderful ride with her as she discovers what it’s like to experience desire and also being desired for the first time and how that good feeling can also bring about dark things.
The film is whirlwind of emotions for us and Thelma as she tries to grasp and understand what’s happening to her, and she eventually reverts to the religious Thelma and from that moment her character starts unraveling and experiences the true nature of loving something you’re not supposed to. This plays with the conflict parts of the film as Thelma now has this internal struggle within her, though it’s always been there, here it intensifies and the film’s opening scene with Thelma’s father and the deer makes sense on a thematic level.
Joachim makes his statement with his somewhat artistic and stylistic film. That uses it’s beautiful cinematography to capture us from the get go with the eerie mood and unnerving camera angles. Angles that perfectly highlight the beauty of the talented cast. Short as it is the Joachim doesn’t fail providing twists at the right moment and hitting all the right beats. There’s a lot I want to say about this film and its world but words escape me at the moment.
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