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Director: Joachim Trier
2017, Norway, 116 min
Language: Norwegian w/English subtitles
2018 Official Oscar® Entry – Best Foreign Language Film (Norway)
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.
“Ingmar Bergman Meets Stephen King in Joachim Trier’s Beguiling Lesbian Horror Movie” -IndieWire