Dis­qui­et­ing Scandi hor­ror Dir: Joachim Trier 1hr 56mins (15)

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Scandi-noir meets hor­ror in this “creepy erotic thriller”, said Ed Pot­ton in The Times. New­comer Eili Har­boe plays Thelma, a young Nor­we­gian wo­man from a strict re­li­gious back­ground, who ar­rives at uni­ver­sity in Oslo to find her­self sub­ject to the usual tor­ments. She is lonely. She is teased by her con­tem­po­raries for her in­no­cence. She finds her­self at­tracted to an ex­otic-look­ing class­mate (Kaya Wilkins). Then she suf­fers a se­ries of epilep­tic fits, which un­leash hitherto un­sus­pected su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers.

One minute, di­rec­tor Joachim Trier de­ploys a low-key nat­u­ral­is­tic style, the next, we start to share the hero­ine’s hal­lu­ci­na­tory vi­sions and the film be­comes far more ex­pres­sion­is­tic, said Ge­of­frey Mac­nab in The In­de­pen­dent. At first in­trigu­ing, these shifts be­come weari­some. And there are too many the­matic com­po­nents, said Nigel An­drews in the FT. In seek­ing to ex­plore school life, love, re­li­gious op­pres­sion and sib­ling jeal­ousy, Trier gives each short shrift. Thelma doesn’t, in the end, “go for the jugu­lar in the way a more ob­vi­ously generic hor­ror might”, said Peter Brad­shaw in The Guardian. Yet it is “tremen­dously acted”, par­tic­u­larly by Har­boe. And Trier cer­tainly does suc­ceed in cre­at­ing an “ec­stasy of dis­quiet”.

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