Ends Thursday, July 26
Dir. Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, Norway, 2012, 75 min., NR, 35mm Official Website
In the whimsical and refreshingly honest debut feature from Norwegian writer-director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, 15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on in her insufferably boring little town. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends, who ostracize her at school. At home, Alma's single mother is overwhelmed and embarrassed by her daughter's extravagant phone sex bills and wears earplugs to muffle Alma's round-the-clock acts of self-gratification. Laced with warmth and quirky humor, TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! is a lighthearted take on a story that is told often about boys but so rarely about teenage girls.
“Jacobsen's clever, compassionate treatment of Alma's romantic predicament involving Artur, her exhibitionist crush, comes from a perspective you virtually never see in American films." —Sara Stewart, New York Post