Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review) is a powerful, haunting, and absolutely beautiful film that is well deserving of Norway’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. A visual masterpiece, the movie uses sexual repression and religious fervor to create a tense atmosphere of danger and devastation.
A new clip from the film has been released, and it shows the main character, Thelma, as a young girl. Annoyed by her brother’s crying, something strange and terrifying occurs, sending her parents into a frenzy. This clip gives a glimpse into the power that Thelma wields, a power that she is desperate to keep under control.
Written by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt with Trier also acting as director, Thelma stars Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Ellen Dorrit Petersen. The film arrives in NYC theaters on Friday, November 10th, expanding to Los Angeles on November 24th. Theaters and tickets can be found at http://thelma.film.
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.