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Turn Me On, Dammit!

3.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! is a whimsical and refreshingly honest coming of age story about the blossoming sexuality of a teenage girl. The feature debut of Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, the film won the Best Film prize at Norway's national film awards, the Amandas, as well as Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Debut Film at the Rome Film Festival. 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 Sara live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway called Skoddeheimen, a place they loathe so much that every time their school bus passes the sign that names it, they routinely flip it off. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends, who ostracize her at school, until Sara can't even be seen with her. 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 light-hearted take on a story that is told so often about boys and so rarely about teenage girls.
Special Features
-Deleted scenes
-Interview with the director
-Theatrical trailer
-Optional 5.1 soundtrack
-Downloadable press kit PDF

Review

There's something wonderfully fresh almost subversive, really about a film in which teenage girls speak about sex and obsess over it and crave it as openly as boys. In time-honored John Hughes manner, the movie ends on a happy, reassuring note. But for a genre dominated by American movies in which girls are usually prizes or objects of lust, TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! practically feels revolutionary. --Rene Rodriguez, THE DENVER POST

Funny, embarrassing and poignant without ever seeming leering or exploitative. The way salty-sweet comedy TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! treats the hormone-addled turmoil of its 15-year-old heroine Alma (Helene Bergsholm) feels something close to revolutionary. I don't want to overburden this mild-mannered 76-minute Norwegian debut, but it's true. --Alison Wilmore, MOVIELINE

Fundamentally a wry, affectionate small-town movie, but one that sneaks up on a genuine feminist issue. Boys Alma's age are expected to be sex-obsessed, but a girl who yearns for action is relentlessly stigmatized, even in the context of a supposedly nurturing and tolerant social democracy. Alma escapes (very briefly) to the bohemian freedom of the big city and scores a modest victory against repression and hypocrisy, but it's one female libertines everywhere (and their companions) can embrace. --Andrew O'Hehir, SALON

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Product details

  • Actors: Helene Bergsholm
  • Directors: Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Norwegian
  • 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: New Yorker Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B008XSDU5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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