Thelma ★★★★★

Ever got frustrated by a movie with a hugely enticing premise whose execution leaves a lot to be desired and lamented that another great concept got wasted by a lesser filmmaker?

Well, 'Thelma' is definitely not one of those. In fact, it's almost irrefutable proof that this notion that high-concept films are disproportionally done by "basic" directors, usually overlooks the fact that when genuinely great auteurs decide to tackle something that's a little more out-there, those unconventional story-lines end up being much less of a selling-point than their rendering itself. That's categorically true here, because as magnificently inventive the ideas in this picture really are, the choices that Trier & Vogt make to bring them to life never fail to be either equally or even more compelling than they were in the first place.

At times, resembling some of Shyamalan's immaculately-paced supernatural thrillers, in others, playing much closer, in its slower, down-to-earth fantasy, to what this year's 'On Body and Soul' also presented. Regardless, the most immediate point of reference still seems like 2014's 'Blind', particularly in how imperative the astonishing atypical editing -and the ominous score - is to create the singular dreamy/nightmarish vibe they're going for.

Also, this does what 'Lady Macbeth', 'Raw' and maybe even 'It Follows' perfunctory did in regards to approaching the similar theme of young women exploring their sexuality, and what that means about the search for personal identity, the o/re/sup-pression from society and the unexpected hazards that come along the way, significantly better. For once, it doesn't happen to incidentally villainize its protagonist like the first, despite having more than enough beats to do so, and secondly, its aftermath does not strike as feeling excessively punitive to the lead character (in manners that may or may not be correlated to the aforementioned subject of discovery).

Now, we only need enough publications saying this is a horror superhero feature - because it absolutely is - in order to get people to watch it.

P.S.: It's very telling that I essentially wrote the same first two paragraphs for both this and 'mother!'.

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