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.
Dir: Joachim Trier / 2017 / Norway / 120 min
SCREENING: FRI 1/19 9:00PM; SUN 1/21 7:30PM; TUE 1/23 9PM; WED 1/24 6:30PM & 9PM; THUR 1/25 4PM
Tickets available at the box office 30 minutes prior to showtime.
*Photosensitive Seizure Warning: A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in this film*
Thelma is both more mysterious and more accessible than his other films. The spell it casts transcends the silly plotting. It puts you in a zone all its own.
David Edelstein – Vulture
Thelma makes for an effectively moody and evocative piece of Norwegian-flavored filmmaking, even as it brings more groundbreaking stories to mind.
Sandy Schaefer – Screen Rant
Joachim Trier’s Thelma draws on the familiar female naïf and, for a stretch, seems to be working with some largely recognizable narrative ideas, but it’s too pleasurably unruly to fit into one box. Manohla Dargis – The NYTimes
“Thelma” is a superbly controlled, if derivative, variation on a familiar theme.
Ann Hornaday – Washington Post