Thelma ★★★★

”Thelma” is a very strong film about not being able to be your true self, being held down by dogma (in this case, Christian faith). It’s a coming of age film where love, forbidden pleasures and awakening takes place, but there’s also something else. Hidden powers, omens, some kind of real life occultism that rages on in the mind of the mentally surpressed, the mentally seized (the word ”seizure” comes from being seized by supernatural forces). The chaos and confusion of starting a new life from home at the university in Oslo is only the beginning. Darkness descends.

Joachim Trier has created one of those movies where you sit in amazement from the very beginning. The first minutes set the tone of what’s to come: A psychodrama of the highest order, ridden with subtle gothic horror and the unnerving tension of a truly great thriller. The camera work, framing and editing, is superb and forces you to focus, the sounds of darkness will haunt your soul, and as the film moves on you will be treated to a standout performance by Eili Harboe, the definition of true acting skills. This is European art film at its best.