Thelma Review (2017) and Ending Explained

 

Thelma is slow-burning supernatural drama from Sweden.

The Story

Thelma is about a confused religious girl named Thelma.  Thelma is in love with another female friend, at the same time, she finds herself frequently gets into seizures and determine to find out what is wrong with her.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

Thelma is a hard film to categorize.  The movie contains everything from drama, mystery, supernatural elements, and a bit of horror.  Thelma is essentially a story about love, and self-discovery.

The movie starts out as a typical teenage lesbian love story.  But if you watch the movie all the way through, you’ll see that the movie is lot more than that.  As the movie slowly reveals the dark side of Thelma’s past, it gets very complicated and very thought-provoking.

Thelma is slow-burner film but the pace is even enough that it never gets too dull or drags. The opening sequence is perfect.  It sets the overall tone of the film right from the beginning.

All the performances are simply top-notch and the cinematography is stunning without much special effects. The story is told in a beautiful manner. It is very well written, although the story is bit comparable to Carrie.

If you decided to watch this movie, you will not regret it.  Everyone who love dark films with haunting atmosphere, good performances, and beautiful cinematography should not miss this one.

Ending Explained (Spoiler Alert!)

If you pay attention to the movie, Thelma is very dark movie with very dark ending.  If you think that the movie ends with two female lovers who live happily after, then you are terribly mistaken.

Thelma has special supernatural power.  Her dad saw early on that Thelma has special power, and without controlling her power, she can be very dangerous to the family.  This struggle was going on for a while.  You see in the beginning of the movie where the father was trying to kill her.  (We found out that Thelma is responsible for kill her baby brother, and put her mother in a wheelchair.)  But he couldn’t go through with it.  So she continues to mature as a young woman and her power grew.  Meanwhile, she was also struggling to understand what is happening to her as she continues to experience seizuresAt the end of the movie, she embraced her power and decided to use her power to get what she want.  So you might say she turned into very dangerous monster.

From the beginning, Thelma was always controlling Anja without her knowing it.  Thelma made her breakup with her boyfriend.  Thelma is the one who made her come and stand outside her apartment window.  Thelma subconsciously made Anja touch her sexually in the concert hall.  Anja’s love for Thelma is involuntary.  Anja had so control over herself. 

At the end, Thelma and Anja seems to back together again and in love with each other.  But it isn’t.  At the end, Thelma started to understand that she has special power to control others, so she decided to use her power to get what she wants.   She decided to control Anja and be with her as she is still in love with her.  So this isn’t much a happy ending.  So what will happen when Thelma and Anja have a quarrel, or when Thelma doesn’t get her way with Anja? Will she set her on fire, as she did to her father, or bury her under ice, as she did to her baby brother?  Thelma basically turned into very dangerous monster and Anja is basically in prison rest of her life.

In the Nutshell

Thelma starts out as a typical teenage lesbian love story.  But it is very dark and thought-provoking supernatural drama.  [4 out of 5 stars]

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Genre: Supernatural Drama

Rottentomatoes Rating: 92% | 76%

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