Turn Me On, Dammit!

Turn Me On, Dammit!  {Fa meg pa, for faen}
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Turn Me On, Dammit!
Fa meg pa, for faen
Norway, 2011, 76 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Coming of Age, Woman Director, Women
Program: World Cinema
Language: Norwegian English Sub-Titles

Turn Me On, Dammit! tells a story that is rarely if ever explored in films: the unbridled sexual appetite of a teenage girl. Certainly this subject has never been approached in such a candid and wryly comic way. 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. Alma and her best friend Saralou live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway. After Alma has an unexpected and highly perplexing 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. Throughout, the complexities of Alma’s burgeoning sexuality and loneliness are compassionately rendered by Jacobsen with a frankness that always rings true, as does Helene Bergsholm’s quietly moving performance as Alma. Winner: Best Screenplay, Tribeca; Best Debut Film, Rome Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
Producer: Brede Hovland, Sigve Endresen
Editor: Zaklina Stojcevska
Screenwriter: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
Cinematographer: Marianne Bakke
Music: Ginge Anvik
Principal Cast: Helen Bergsholm, Matias Myren, Malin Bjørhovde, Lars Nordtvedt Listau, Beate Støfring, Henriette Steenstup
Filmography: Scenes from a Friendship (2009) Documentary
Print Source: New Yorker Films - www.newyorkerfilms.com


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