Thelma & Louise


DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott

Thelma & Louise

Susan Sarandon (Louise),
Geena Davis (Thelma)

Callie Khouri

Adrian Biddle

Hans Zimmer

Thom Noble

Elizabeth McBride


Thelma Dickinson is an early middle-aged woman, a housewife from a country somewhere in Arkansas married to a rough carpet salesman Darryl who emotionally abuses her. Her slightly older friend Louise Sawyer is a sharp-tongued waitress who works in a diner and is not particularly happy with her relationship with musician Jimmy, who spends most of his time on the road. When one weekend they decide to take Louise's Ford Thunderbird convertible to a fishing cabin in the mountains and get away from their everyday lives and men, they have no idea that their plans for a dynamic vacation will take an unexpected turn. Soon they will stop at a roadside bar, where Thelma will meet the apparently nice Harlan, with whom she will dance. And when he tries to rape her that same evening in the parking lot in front of the bar, the energetic Louise will reach for the gun and threaten him with it. He will not stop there and will continue to insult both women, whereupon Louise will shoot and kill him in a fit of rage. She and the terrified Thelma will immediately run away, but their plans for a possible escape to Mexico will be hindered by a police chase led by the determined but calm Hal Slocumba.

In 1992, out of six Oscar nominations, including the most important ones in the categories of best director and two equal leading female roles, she was awarded the one in the category of the most successful original screenplay, for which Callie Khouri was also crowned with a Golden Globe in the same year, while the film won three more nominations , and also in 1992 nominated for the most prestigious British film award BAFTA in as many as eight categories, director Ridley Scott's excellent adventure drama is generally considered his most successful work of the 90s and one of his most significant and best films in general. A strongly feminist intoned work with a brilliant and layered portrayal of complex and not at all stereotypical female characters represented an exceptional departure from the production of high-budget Hollywood films at the time, and such a progressive author's policy proved to be perhaps the most important for the future of the film itself, which today seems equally intriguing, current and fresh. as well as at the time of creation. The whole is characterized not only by Scott's masterful direction, which is full of witty and thoughtful details, but also by the excellent use of natural and given locations in Arizona, deft handling of the postulates of the road movie, and an intelligent and unobtrusive, but clearly implemented level of meaning. We should also praise the extremely moody, energetic and convincing acting interpretations of Oscar winners Susan Sarandon (Death to Death) and Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist), as well as the always reliable Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen, and the effective ending, which was changed to the detriment of Susan Sarandon at her insistence. of the character who interprets the film permanently functions as a strong testament of female friendship, independence and freedom that are worthy of even the greatest sacrifices. In most of the other films of Ridley Scott, who as a Briton in America and as a child from a military officer's family moved frequently during the war and the first post-war years, is permanently intrigued by the destinies of special people who move through worlds they do not belong to, or travel to countries and cultures that they are not theirs. We find a treatment of that in this production, in which Sarandon and Davis embody daring women who radically free themselves from the patriarchal shackles of everyday life in the American West.

color, 130'