This guest post by Laura Minor appears as part of our theme week on Violent Women. Rather than pander to the male gaze, Aja decides to reject these scopophilic pleasures in favour of championing female subjectivity, but he also chooses to reject heteronormativity by having the lesbian desires of Marie drive the plot of the film. Interestingly, it is these desires and subjective experiences that both initiate the use of violence and intensify the representation of violence throughout. After arriving at the farmhouse and settling down for the night, Marie begins masturbating in bed, presumably fantasising about Alex after she inadvertently spies on her in the shower. He then abducts Alex after blinding her, and Marie consequently emerges as the Final Girl, the protagonist who must save the day.
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A fter an uneasy foray into Hollywood film-making with their disappointing English-language ensemble picture Louder Than Bombs , Joachim Trier and his longtime screenwriter Eskil Vogt are back in a Norwegian setting for this tremendously acted, if flawed, supernatural drama-thriller about a disturbed young woman. There is a scariness and sexiness to go with its cool understatements and opaque mysteries. Thelma is a shy young woman who has just arrived at university in Oslo, leaving behind her two over-protective and very religious parents: Trond Henrik Rafaelsen and Unni Ellen Dorrit Petersen , who have an exasperating habit of checking up on her online, monitoring her lecture timetables and Facebook friend-acceptances. Thelma is lonely, and like many students away from home for the first time, is always suppressing feelings of anxiety and panic. Adult independence scares her, and there is evidence that she has also suppressed memories from her childhood.
Other than action thriller Atomic Blonde and the gorgeous, GLAAD-nominated Thelma, was seriously lacking when it came to the inclusion and representation of queer women in cinema. But thankfully, this year is ready to change that. Lots of lesbian movies are coming our way that feature lesbian love in an inspiring light, as well as queer women unapologetically being themselves.