A father and his little daughter walk on an icy lake. The girl sees her
reflection in the ice. The father carries a rifle. They are hunting a deer.
He aims at the deer and the girl expects to hear the shot. Instead the
father aims at the back of her head... but then he can't find the courage
to pull the trigger.
Years later, the camera zooms from the sky into a busy square and eventually
focuses on a girl. She walks into a classroom and attends a class.
When she gets home, her mom calls her on her cell phone. Her parents
live in a remote countryside home, and her mom is confined to a wheelchair.
Thelma studies in a library. Anja sits next to her. A bird crashes into
a window and Thelma has an epileptic seizure. That night at home Thelma
dreams of a snake. The following day Anja approaches her at the swimming
pool. Thelma has dinner with her parents. Her father gets upset when she
makes fun of someone who believes in the biblical account of the creation.
She apologizes. She tells him that she is lonely. One night she joins the
other students at a bar. She tells them that she doesn't drink alcohol
for religious reasons. She argues with a boy who makes fun of her religion.
She dances with Anja till late and misses her father's daily phone call.
Then she can't fall asleep. She keeps thinking of Anja and then suddenly
she senses that Anja is downstairs: she really is. Thelma walks downstairs
and her another seizure in front of Anja. Anja walks her back to the
apartment and they sleep in Thelma's bed. The following morning Anja admits
that she doesn't know how she came to Thelma's apartment, but she was drunk
and doesn't remember much of the evening. They become best friends.
Anja has a father who lives abroad and has lots of children from different
marriages. Anja begins to corrupt Thelma: alcohol, cigarettes, blasphemous
talk... Anja's mom invites Thelma to a ballet performance. During the
performance Anja starts touching Thelma's leg. Thelma is about to get
another seizure and walks out. Anja follows her and kisses her on the mouth.
Thelma reciprocates but then runs away. At home she prays to be forgiven
for the sin. When her father calls, she confesses that she drank alcohol.
When she meets Anja again, Anja is upset that Thelma never returned her calls.
Thelma makes Anja jealous of a boy. Then the boy pretends to be smoking
weeds and offers the cigarette to Thelma, who smokes and has an erotic nightmare
in which a snake enters her mouth. When she wakes up, they tell her that it
was just a joke: the cigarette only contained tobacco. Thelma vomits and leaves
them. The doctors administer a brain scan. The doctors also find out that
her medical record documents a seizure when she was a child, but she doesn't
A flashback shows what happened. Her mother was feeding Thelma's baby brother.
Thelma was annoyed by his crying and focused her mind on him until he was
catapulted under a couch.
Back to the hospital, the doctors try to induce a seizure and measure the
brain waves. During the seizure, Thelma mentally enters Anja's apartment
and turns on the music. When Anja enters the apartment physically, she is
puzzled to find the music playing. Then a force pulls Anja towards the window
and Anja... disappears in an explosion. The doctors determine that Thelma
is not having epileptic seizures. They are of a different kind, probably
caused by a trauma or stress. The doctors also reveal to Thelma that her
granma is alive and lives in a mental asylum: Thelma was told that granma
died years earlier. Thelma takes the train and visits granma, who is
unconscious. The nurse implies that her granma's condition was worsened by powerful drugs administered by her father.
The nurse tells her why granma is considered mad: her granma is convinced
that she has the mental power to make things happen and in particular that she
made her husband (Thelma's granpa) disappear. In fact, his body was never found.
After another seizure in the swimming pool that almost causes her to drown,
Thelma enters Anja's apartment and finds Anja's hair stuck in the window.
Thelma calls her mom and tells her that she feels she has made Anja disappear.
She moves in with the parents and her father begins administering a powerful
drug and locking her in a room. They tell her that they know what happened
to her. They make her pray to God.
Another flashback shows what she did as a child: she made the baby disappear.
Then she indicated to her father where the baby was: buried under the ice of the lake.
The mother tried to jump from a bridge and was left a cripple in a wheelchair.
She tells her father that she loved Anja. While she is sedated, the parents discuss what to do. Her mother wants her father to kill her to avoid that she
kills again. Thelma tells her father that she knows about granma and guesses
that her father is doing to her what he did to granma: sedate her to make
her mind powerless. While she is asleep, her father takes the boat.
Her mind causes him to catch fire and burn alive. She wakes up knowing
exactly what happened. She walks into the lake and swims in vain.
She dreams of Anja at the pool and of kissing her.
She doesn't see that her phone is receiving a call from Anja, a sign that
Anja is alive (the camera zooms into a drawer to show the incoming call).
Thelma walks calmly into the house, where her mother is panicking that her
husband has disappeared. Thelma touches her mother and then walks out:
her mother starts walking.
Back to school, she dreams of Anja kissing her and, sure enough, Anja appears
and kisses her. They walk away happy. The camera zooms out showing a lot
of people walking in the busy square.