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Thelma (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 15 September 2017 (Norway)
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A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.

Director:

Joachim Trier

Writers:

Eskil Vogt (screenplay), Joachim Trier (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eili Harboe ... Thelma
Kaya Wilkins ... Anja
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Trond
Ellen Dorrit Petersen ... Unni
Grethe Eltervåg Grethe Eltervåg ... Thelma 6 år
Marte Magnusdotter Solem Marte Magnusdotter Solem ... Nevrolog
Anders Mossling ... Dr. Paulsson
Vanessa Borgli Vanessa Borgli ... Anjas mor
Steinar Klouman Hallert Steinar Klouman Hallert ... Kristoffer (as Steiner Kloumann Hallert)
Ingrid Giæver Ingrid Giæver ... Julie
Oskar Pask Oskar Pask ... Daniel
Gorm Alexander Foss Grømer Gorm Alexander Foss Grømer ... Gutt på fest (as Gorm Grømer)
Camilla Belsvik Camilla Belsvik ... Sykepleier hos nevrologen
Martha Kjørven Martha Kjørven ... Kvinnelig pleier
Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland ... Pleier på Hellersmo
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Having just enrolled at a university in Oslo against her stern parents' will, the sheltered Biology freshman and devout Christian, Thelma, leaves for the first time the isolated Norwegian countryside, to start a new life away from home. Tangibly lonely, a casual conversation and an unexpected friendship in the face of the beautiful fellow student, Anja, will broaden Thelma's hazy horizons; however, as the glacially alluring misfit wrestles with an onslaught of novel feelings, an unprecedented psychosomatic manifestation of repressed emotions takes over. A mystery cloaks soft-spoken Thelma's past, and the more she struggles to renounce her nebulous desire, the more violent is her quivering awakening. But can Thelma find a denied truth behind a stinging temptation? Written by Nick Riganas

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A stylish Scandinavian suspense thriller. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Norway | France | Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

La maldición de Thelma See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway See more »

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Budget:

NOK 47,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,841, 12 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$147,391, 15 March 2018
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2.35 : 1
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The song that turned on itself in Anja's room is called 'Mountaineers' by Susanne Sundfør feat. John Grant. See more »

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The first time Thelma goes on Facebook on her computer, everything is in English. In all subsequent social media on portable devices/phones, the text is in her native language. See more »

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Trond: A little knowledge doesn't make us better than others.
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Symphony No. 2
Composed by Philip Glass
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Parents Lose Control of Daughter, Daughter Loses Control of Self
4 November 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Lights flicker, the wind rises and animals behave strangely when Thelma becomes agitated. She is capable of mysterious and ethereal powers, and more than she knows because her manipulative and fundamentalist parents keep such things under wraps in home-school. As Thelma heads to college in Oslo and stops taking medications, not only do her parents lose control, she loses control of herself. Psychogenic seizures rack her body. Passions and anxieties multiply along with her abilities. This is when Anja, Thelma's close friend, does something extremely upsetting for Thelma. The next day when Anja can't be found, Thelma has a sickening feeling she had something to do with it. She searches for answers to the secrets and powers that beguile and haunt her.

This thrilling, deep, complex and sensual film explores a whole realm of different theories and possibilities. I was surprised and delighted by its twists and turns. It crosses borders between reality and fantasy, and light and darkness, and explores the good and bad in human nature. The actors are amazing, especially Eili Harboe as Thelma and Kaya Wilkins as Anja. It is fantastic to discover that the roots of psychogenic disorders go back as far as Joan of Arc. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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