Turn Me On, Dammit! -- Movie review

Turn Me On, Dammit!

Directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen


Some of the publicity I had seen for this film prior to viewing it is distorted and misleading.  I am glad for a chance to correct it.  First of all the title of the film is inappropriate.  It does not reflect the lead girl's character or her behavior (Alma).  The title seems to imply that the girl has an exceptionally strong sexual constitution and is aggressively insistent in pressing her sexual demands on others. But Alma is nothing of the kind.  She is not a teenage nymphomaniac, as some other blurb I read called her; her hormones are not out of control; the turmoil in her life is not caused by sex, but by the ridiculous, hostile culture she is living in, and the fact that her mother is an idiot who adopts such an antagonistic stance toward her.  Alma is quite within normal boundaries and shows poise and composure in the face of difficult circumstances.  The friend I went to the film with expressed skepticism beforehand whether teenage girls with voracious sexual appetites even exist.  I can assure him and all of you for a fact that they do.  Believe me.  Some unspeakably young girls have sexual appetites that can stop a freight train.  It is not common, but it is undeniably real.  However, Alma is not one of them.  These filmmakers don't have a clue about such girls.  Alma is a very ordinary, unexceptional girl.  I think the fact that she has no father and no father figure available in her life is also a contributing factor to her inner turmoil, although the film did not even raise that issue.  Not a whole lot goes on in this film.  A boy presses his dick against her leg at a party and they get a whole movie out of it.  That country needs to get a life.  This film is not hilarious, as some have described it; there is nothing funny in it at all.  In fact it is rather dull.  What comes across most convincing in the film is the portrayal of the contentious, inhuman culture of the Norwegian small town.  This surprised me, because I  have always imagined Norway as this congenial little country where everybody liked each other and got along well.  However, in this film all of the relationships seem to have very sharp edges.  I wonder if that's really true?  It becomes understandable why the young girls hate the town they live in and dream of the day when they can leave.  The ending of the film doesn't make sense either.  Alma runs away to Oslo for a few days and when she comes back everything seems to change for the better.  It is not credible.  There is no reason for these improvements in Alma's relationships to take place.  The culture is the same, the circumstances are the same, and Alma is pretty much the same.  Generally this film fails in what it sets out to do, namely, to portray the sexual awakening and conflict of a young girl, but it does succeed in presenting an unflattering depiction of the oppressiveness and conservatism of a small town in Norway.  Altogether, this movie is a trifle that attempts to make a big deal out of nothing.