Turn Me On, Dammit!

Time:

  • 5:30 & 8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 8, 2012

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Ave
  • Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

This coming-of-age comedy from Norway tells a story that is rarely explored in film: It wryly examines the unbridled sexual appetite of a teenage girl. Acting newcomer Helene Bergsholm plays Alma, a 15-year-old from a tiny hinterland town who is consumed by her hormones. Alma’s fantasies range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she years for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about nearly everyone she lays eyes on. After Alma enjoys a stimulating but awkward encounter with Artur, her friends ostracize her at school. Alma embarrasses her mother with extravagant phone sex bills. And throughout her experiences, Alma frankly faces both her burgeoning sexuality and her growing loneliness. In her first feature film, director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen won the Best Screenplay award for the script at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
2012, Norway, 35mm, 76 minutes
In Norwegian, with English subtitles

Reviews

The way salty-sweet comedy Turn Me On, Dammit! treats the hormone-addled turmoil of its 15-year-old heroine Alma feels something close to revolutionary. I don't want to overburden this mild-mannered 76-minute Norwegian debut, but it's true. - Movieline
Stuff just happens, some of it funny, some of it uncomfortable, some of it good, some of it bad. Just like real life, which is what makes Turn Me On, Dammit! so weirdly enjoyable. - Arizona Republic
With its soft, bleached images and occasional detours into black-and-white stills, Turn Me On, set in an unspecified recent past, has a gentle oddness as unforced as its performances and as inoffensive as its dialogue. - New York Times
The way salty-sweet comedy Turn Me On, Dammit! treats the hormone-addled turmoil of its 15-year-old heroine Alma feels something close to revolutionary. I don't want to overburden this mild-mannered 76-minute Norwegian debut, but it's true. - Movieline
Stuff just happens, some of it funny, some of it uncomfortable, some of it good, some of it bad. Just like real life, which is what makes Turn Me On, Dammit! so weirdly enjoyable. - Arizona Republic
With its soft, bleached images and occasional detours into black-and-white stills, Turn Me On, set in an unspecified recent past, has a gentle oddness as unforced as its performances and as inoffensive as its dialogue. - New York Times

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.