Watch: ‘Thelma’ Dives into a Waking Nightmare in an Exclusive Clip
Today, we’re happy to share an exclusive clip from the paranormal-meets-psychological thriller Thelma from Louder than Bombs director Joachim Trier. The Orchard film stars Eili Harboe as Thelma, a college freshman who leaves behind her sheltered small town lifestyle and her religious family to attend university in Oslo. There, she begins experiencing violent seizures and strange, spectacular visions, which only intensify the closer she grows to her beautiful friend Anja.
Experience one of Thelma’s visions for yourself in our new clip, which finds the powerful woman trapped in a waking nightmare during one of her regular swims. If you missed Thelma in theaters, the film is now available for purchase on digital platforms including iTunes, Xbox, Sony Playstation, GooglePlay and more.
Check out the clip below, click here to read my full review, and click here to read my in-depth interview with Trier. The film also stars Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Ellen Dorrit Peterson, is now available on Digital HD, and arrives on VOD February 6.
Here’s the official synopsis for Thelma:
In a snowy wood, a little girl stands transfixed by a fawn, while her father takes aim with his rifle. Except, the gun is turned toward the child. It is only a moment, and it passes as the man reconsiders his target. Years later, Thelma (Eili Harboe) embarks on her freshman year at college in Oslo. On the surface, Thelma is not unlike her fellow students: Sensitive, vulnerable, feeling her way through new experiences and sensations of the adult world. Raised in the country by strict and religious parents, she encounters the rituals of campus life as if emerging from a cocoon. But there also is something unusual and extraordinary about her. One day as she studies in the library Thelma is gripped by a seizure, her tremors punctuated by the thud of black birds smashing themselves against the windows. Anja (Kaya Wilkins), another student, comes to her aid.
Before long, a friendship blooms between the two young women. Although her parents Trond (Henrik Rafaelsen) and Unni (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) monitor Thelma through persistent phone calls, she begins to loosen up. Through a budding attraction to Anja, she experiences an emotional and sexual awakening that both thrills and terrifies her. The new feelings cause Thelma to struggle with her religious upbringing, and the tension unleashes more uncanny events – erotic dreams replete with crawling serpents; seizures that disorder the world around her. As her connection to Anja deepens, Thelma’s need to discover her true self becomes urgent. She seeks a medical answer to her episodes, which are diagnosed as psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, an affliction that once got women misidentified as witches. Digging further, she uncovers disturbing secrets about her family, and reluctantly comes to a fateful realization – just as Anja goes mysteriously missing.
Thelma sees no option but to return to her rural home and face the difficult truth of her legacy, and the terrifying implications of her powers.