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With: Eili Harboe, Grethe Eltervåg, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen
Written by: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Directed by: Joachim Trier
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Norwegian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 116
Date: 11/10/2017

Thelma (2017)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Split Fits

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

An intense quasi-companion piece to this year's Raw, the Norwegian Thelma is a supernatural thriller that isn't afraid to venture into some dark territory. Directed and co-written by Joachim Trier (the excellent Oslo, August 31st), Thelma focuses on a young woman (Eili Harboe) who goes to college and experiences a kind of awakening, in more ways than one. Initially shy and awkward — she is religious and doesn't drink — she meets the pretty Anja (Kaya Wilkins, credited as "Okay Kaya") and immediately experiences a kind of seizure. Thelma and Anja begin a close friendship, with Thelma slowly beginning to blossom, even beginning to drink and smoke, while attempting to determine the origin of the seizures. With a true sense of quiet and patience, Trier slowly unfolds several flashbacks, throwing light on the situation, while unveiling grave surprises and heading toward a stark but satisfying conclusion.

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