Thelma functions as if it were hugging between the will of conservative parents and the desire to discover the freedom of being away from home for the first time. Trier and Vogt do a good job of marrying this theme to the supernatural aspects of the tale. As the film progresses, it is clear that this is a story about free will exercise. Supernatural activity acts as a way of this theme.
The direction of the art in the film is great, using the lighting to position the audience with the hero. Movie’s only real disadvantage is that it takes a little longer to start with one of the main spinners.