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Jitters

3.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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An Icelandic teen struggles to find his place in the world following a trip to Manchester, England, but finds his future looking bleak after his best friend commits suicide, and his close-knit group of friends begin drifting apart. 16 year old Gabriel has just returned home following two weeks in England when his friends and family notice some subtle changes in his behavior. Perhaps it's a result of his burgeoning friendship with Marcus, a rebellious teen he met on his recent trip. But when Gabriel learns that his best friend Stella has taken her own life, his downward spiral begins to accelerate, threatening devastating repercussions for both himself, and all those around him.

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This energetic coming-of-age drama follows a closeted boy and his group of trouble-prone friends, providing a positive, fun look at young people today. Nominated for all the major categories at this year s EDDA Awards (Iceland s Oscars), Jitters captures the excitement and traumas of a group of Icelandic teenagers as they tentatively enter young adulthood. It is also, through the lead character, a knowing and uplifting gay coming-of-age drama. On an English immersion trip to Manchester, uptight teen Gabriel s roommate is free-spirited Marcus. They become friends and on their last night together, share a tender kiss. But romance is ended when they go their separate ways and return home. Family and friends notice a change in the thin, handsome Gabriel, who realizes he is gay but decides to keep it a secret. But he has little time to mope, for between parties and excursions, his friends have their own set of problems: there is a girl who likes him and is frustrated at his lack of response; his troubled friend desperately wants to meet her real father; and Gabriel s best friend is developing a drinking problem. When Marcus returns to the scene, it forces Gabriel to make a decision. An attractive, energetic ensemble cast and a driving, pulsating soundtrack are highlights of this teen comedy/drama that is filled with young people s traumas, but still remains buoyant and insightful. --Raymond Murray

After a strong domestic run, this well-cast, convincingly performed pic is claiming kudos at youth fests. Gay fests should also take note. --Variety

After a strong domestic run, this well-cast, convincingly performed pic is claiming kudos at youth fests. Gay fests should also take note. --Variety

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  • Actors: Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Hreindis Ylva Gardarsdottir, Haraldur Ari Stefansson, Elias Helgi Kofoed-Hansen, Birna Run Eiriksdottir
  • Directors: Baldvin Z
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00657PLN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Superb coming-of-age drama about an Icelandic teen who begins to come to terms with his sexuality after spending three weeks at an educational program in England. One of the many great things about this movie is that it puts the coming-out experience into the context of today, where coping with sexual feelings is but one of the many pressures that young people face. The director captures the teen social scene with remarkable believability (most of the film is set in Iceland but really could be taking place anywhere) and in doing so does not spare us any detail. The story takes a few harrowing turns but ultimately ends on a sweet and hopeful note. One of the best "coming out" films that I've seen in a long time.
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Gabriel (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson)is slowly realising that he might be gay, he likes his female friends but has no compulsion to do any more than just `hang' with them. So on a summer English school to `sunny' Manchester he rooms up with outgoing and would be hairdresser, Markus (Haralder Ari Stefansson) and after a drunken party they share a kiss. It seems to mean more to Gabriel than Markus and on returning to Iceland his over bearing mother knows something has changed him. So like any caring but annoying mum she calls a family meeting. This involves a painful meeting with both real dad and step dad all trying to be overly PC whilst being border line stalkers.

We also have his best mate, hard drinking and womanising Teddi, who is the exact opposite of the caring thoughtful Gabriel. There are also the tales of his other friends especially Stella and Greta who all have familial and emotional issues which they invariably share with Gabriel in a trouble shared is a troubled halved kind of way. What actually happens is it becomes a trouble shared is a trouble doubled way instead. One has an alcoholic loose moraled mother who won't tell her who her father is. The other is living with an over protective grandmother who doesn't want her to turn out like her mother. They spend their time planning for an uncertain future and having parties where copious amounts of alcohol are consumed as a prelude to non committal sex, except for Teddi (but not always).

There have been comparisons with `Skins' which is unfortunate as this most certainly is not. What director Baldvin Zophoniasson has created is a multi layered tale of kids becoming adults and not really knowing what they are doing. This is a state we have all been through at that particular time in life.
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One of the 20% of G/L films that concludes in a happy ending! It feels good to get some sort of cathartic ending that's satisfying... There was one thing I found hard to cope with while watching this film: It is obvious that the main story behind the film is the protagonist's gay awakening yet the film spends very limited time showcasing that and so much time dealing with unrelated sub plots that involve the protagonist's straight friends... This film would have been a much better story if the main theme was at the very center of its story and plot development with fewer and less time dedicated to the off-target sub-stories....
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I read some less than favorable reviews of this movie but found them unfounded. This is a very charming movie about two Icelandic boys, who previously didn't know each other, who are placed together on a summer study program in England. In the process of getting to know each other, and exploring England's nightlife, they kiss, and that sets them on a divergent path.

This is an independent film, so anyone expecting Big-Time Hollywood production values are going to be disappointed. But those who appreciate Independent Film will enjoy this move. I would perhaps have liked a stronger more committed ending, but in the end the point was made.

One NOTE: I had trouble getting the Subtitles to work. I had to turn the Subtitles on BOTH in the DVD menu and on my Player's Remote Control.
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The first fifteen minutes of this film earn it the two star ranking. "Jitters" starts off well enough; two teenage males share a dorm room on an excursion to England. Eventually, they share a kiss. Cue the disastrous remainder of the movie with enough pathos and angst to fill a season of an MTV reality show. I am so weary of the 'gay' film depicted as a maelstrom of confliction wherein young men are discovering they're gay, and the world en masse sets out to convince them they're straight. The most damaged by the 'confliction' formula are women, who do everything in their might to reinvigorate the heterosexuality of the men they are desperate to be sleeping with. The young women in "Jitters" are portrayed as promiscuous alcoholics who (in one case) are so forlorn about their existences without men that they turn to suicide. This is the second 'gay' film I have seen wherein a woman commits suicide due to romance problems with a man ("Leo's Room" being the one before "Jitters")
If you are seeking specifically for a gay film, 90% of Jitters fails the litmus test. On a final note, if you're wondering why I keep typing the word gay as 'gay', it's because every other frame the 'gay' young men are making out with women.
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