Turn Me On Dammit!
When it comes to teen sex comedies it is usually from a guy or group of guys perspective. Very rarely do you get a story that deals with the female side. American films have trouble talking about female sexuality, especially in teenagers. Our repressed society likes to keep things hidden from the so-called impressionable people that it is affecting, because it is just so uncomfortable. Really? The Norwegian film "Turn Me On Dammit!" is brilliant in its frankness and honesty without being exploitive or gratuitous. This film is comprised of non professional actor and touches on themes and issues that are very universal when it comes to teenage life.
We venture into
mind and see her fantasies played out on screen, but then are jolted back to
reality. During a party at the community
center everything changes when Alma and Artur are alone outside and her pokes
her with his ding dong. Alma goes back inside and blabs to her
friends about what happen and they think she is making it up, then Artur denies
the whole thing. This makes Alma a perv and an
outcast at school. It doesn't take long
for the news to get around town and to her mother. Alma Alma's mother
also confronts her with a huge phone bill that has calling phone sex lines. The scene that opens the movie involves one
of these calls and is very reminiscent of the opening of "American
Pie" except from a female angle. Alma is dealing with
issues common to all teenagers no matter where you live. So she runs off to Alma and meets up with Sara's older sister
and her friends where she is able to take everything into perspective and
realizes that this will all pass and the day will come when she will become her
own woman. Filmmaker Jannike Systad
Jacobson, in her debut film, brings a real heartfelt honest to the story and
its characters. Oslo
This movie might be a little hard to find but is available through Netflix and Amazon and is definitely worth a look.