Thursday 22 March 2018

A teenage cinematic turn-on

Paul Whitington

Turn me on Goddammit

(Club, Light House, 76 minutes)

Director: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen Stars: Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjorhovde


It's normally teenage boys who find themselves afflicted by rampaging hormones, but Jannicke Systad Jacobsen's Norwegian comic drama approaches pubescence from a refreshingly female perspective.

Namely, that of Alma (Helene Bergsholm), whom when we first meet her is masturbating on her living room floor, egged on by the disembodied voice of a phone sex worker.

Alma's obsessed with sex, and has a particular crush on Artur (Matias Myren), a dashing classmate who has other admirers, notably Alma's best friend Sara (Malin Bjorhovde).

Artur seems to be keen on Alma too, and one evening at a summer party he takes his flute out and touches her thigh with it. Not an okay introduction, even in Scandinavia, but when an amused Alma tells her friends, Artur denies it and she ends up being ostracised.

As Alma's prone to wild fantasies, we aren't actually sure whether or not Artur really did whip his lad out, meanwhile she clashes with her mother and runs away to Oslo.

Well made and wryly comic, Turn Me On Goddammit catches the emotional intensity of the teenage state, and features some lovely performances, especially from the excellent Bergsholm, and Beate Stofring, who plays Sara's younger sister.

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