Eili Harboe

The 10 Best European Movies of 2017

By Fabio Mauro Angeli

2017 has finally come to its end, leaving behind a year’s worth of interesting American independent and blockbuster films mixed with the usual amount of messy, standardized movies and dozens of mediocre or just plain bad films. But what about Europe?

As every year, there have been dozens of good European movies, but only a few of these were really able to stand out from the rest and gain their own place on this specific list. Sometimes both critical and commercial successes and sometimes not at all very well received, every single one of these films listed here definitely deserves a watch for its own artistic and cinematic value.

Along with some of the most talented filmmakers in recent years’ new films (yes, of course Yorgos Lanthimos is on the list!), two directors are included with their first directorial debuts. What are your favorite European films of the year?

10. Thelma (Joachim Trier) – Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden

Thelma

Directed by talented director Joachim Trier (“Oslo, August 31st”, “Reprise”, “Louder Than Bombs”), “Thelma” tells the story of a young Norwegian girl (Eili Harboe) who suddenly experiences a violent seizure just moments after meeting Anja (Kaya Wilkins), a fellow student at the university of Oslo. Deeply religious and very sensitive, Thelma will have to confront increasingly more threatening seizures and her strong but self-restrained attraction to the beautiful Anja, while her supernatural capabilities slowly emerge along with a hidden secret from the past.

A seemingly overly derivative horror film, “Thelma” is something more than a simple-minded Norwegian take on Brian DePalma’s “Carrie”, and at times feel incredibly fresh and original. With an elegant and ominous score by Ola Fløttum, the film has the audacity to maintain a slow pace throughout, letting the tension build for some of the most exceptional horror sequences → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema