WARNING: This film contains flashing lights that may trigger seizures for persons with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion advised.
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. Directed by Joachim Trier (LOUDER THAN BOMBS, OLSO, AUGUST 31st).
“...A beguiling and icy supernatural thriller that’s a big leap into genre territory…. In fact, picture an arthouse version of an X-MEN film, treating the subject with real emotional care, or a foreign film riff on CARRIE, FIRESTARTER, David Cronenberg’s DEAD ZONE and the anxieties of a young girl with powers she cannot understand or control.” —Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
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