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Joaquim Trier, the Norwegian director of Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs, helms a coming of age story with a fantastical and psychological twist. The titular heroine (Eili Harboe) is a college student, who is living alone for the first time, unguarded by her curiously cold father Trond (Henrik Rafaelsen) and wheelchair user mother Unni (Ellen Dorrit Petersen). Thelma largely keeps to herself and has no friends until a pretty classmate called Anja (Kaya Wilkins) smiles at her in the library. Soon after, Thelma suffers what appears to be an epileptic seizure but as she flails on the ground, a flock of birds flies at speed into the library windows. The friendship between Thelma and Anja gradually deepens and while the latter appears comfortable in her own skin, Thelma is terrified of how Anja makes her feel and the possibility of more seizures. As her condition worsens, Thelma must confronts harrowing ghosts of the past and relive the shocking event that drove an emotional wedge between her and her parents.