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THELMA (2017) - Nordic Film Nights

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  • dir. Joachim Trier

  • year. 2017

  • country: Norway

  • run-time. 116

  • rating. 15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 19:00
Film 19:30

. 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.

In Norwegian with English subtitles

As a hushed, haunting portrait of a young woman reconciling daughterly duty and her own incipient power, "Thelma" feels like a stylish, timely allegory for the present moment. Washington Post

"Thelma" is tense, thoughtful and beautifully composed ...Los Angeles Timesexperiences

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. The NY Times