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Thelma

Thelma

Thelma

Dir. Josh Margolin
97 min

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MSPIFF43 Official Selection

The feature directorial debut of Josh Margolin, Thelma is a poignant action-comedy that gives veteran Oscar® nominee June Squibb (Nebraska and star of Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming directorial debut Eleanor the Great) her first leading role and features the final performance of trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree (Shaft). Squibb, who did most of her own stunts in the film, plays Thelma Post, a feisty 93-year-old grandmother who gets conned by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson (The White Lotus’ Fred Hechinger) and sets out on a treacherous quest across Los Angeles, accompanied by an aging friend (Roundtree) and his motorized scooter, to reclaim what was taken from her. Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, and Malcolm McDowell also star.

Inspired by a real-life experience of Margolin’s own grandmother, Thelma puts a clever spin on movies like Mission: Impossible, shining the spotlight on an elderly grandmother as an unlikely action hero. With infectious humor, Margolin employs the familiar tropes of the action genre in hilarious, age-appropriate ways to tackle aging with agency. In the first leading film role of her 70-year career, Squibb portrays the strong-willed Thelma with grit and determination, demonstrating that she is more than capable of taking care of business – despite what her daughter Gail (Posey), son-in-law Alan (Gregg), or grandson Danny might believe.

Film Details

Program: New Releases
Release Year: 2024
Runtime: 97 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: Magnolia Pictures
Tags: Comedy, Dramedy

Cast/Crew

Director: Josh Margolin
Executive Producer: Tobias Gutzwiller, June Squibb, Fred Hechinger
Producer: Zoë Worth, Chris Kaye, Karl Spoerri, Viviana Vezzani, Nicholas Weinstock, Benjamin Simpson
Cinematographer: David Bolen
Screenwriter: Josh Margolin
Editor: Josh Margolin
Composer: Nick Chuba
Principal Cast: June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Parker Posey, Clark Gregg, Malcolm McDowell

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