Thelma (2017)

Thelma (2017) MOVIE DETAILS
Name: Thelma
Year: 2017
Country: USA
Director: Joachim Trier
Main cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen
Runtime: 116 minutes
Production company: Motlys, Eurimages, Film i Väst


The latest work of Norwegian director Joachim Trier has been the winner of the Special Jury Award of this 50th edition of the Sitges Film Festival. The supernatural drama pictures the story of Thelma, an adolescent from a Catholic family, who begins her studies at university, far from home for the first time. Her beliefs are confronted with the knowledge and the unknown feelings that arise with her new coming independence.

A story about the difficulties of growing old and accepting oneself, Thelma (2017) counts with the magic of the supernatural to drive us into an intimate, immersive world, where the young girl experiences love for the first time and has to fight against her principles in order to adapt herself. Having lived always in a family bubble, in a small country village with few people interactions, the film is also about communication (or the lack of it): silences and messages without words are present all along the film and induce us in the feeling of solitude and lack. Temptation and guilt also dye the plot, and lesbianism becomes a dreamy desire, offering one of the most beautiful and erotic scenes of the movie.

Aside from the good intentions, from my point of view, the movie has a too slow pace, and becomes dry too soon, not seizing the opportunity of exploiting the supernatural side. It certainly has a good cinematography, and the acting is good, but I didn’t feel like I was watching such a special movie. It’s correct and inspiring, better than average, but still, has a long way to come. It will help on putting Joachim Trier in the scope and wait for his next movies to come.

RATE: 6,5/10


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