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A 16-year old Icelandic boy's first kiss with another boy gives him "jitters"--feelings he can't deny. This is a well-written film that captures the confusion and excitement of being a teenager, with an attractive ensemble cast. The film follows the lives of several teens and the challenges they face, in particular with their parents/guardians. Written by
Growing pains and "deviations" in a distant Western society
You are in your teens, have a wealthy family/environment (at least in global terms), not too much cash to spend, no special hobbies or passions - what would you do? Hanging around, partying, sobbing over yourself and others, trying to define yourself in life...
All this we can see in Órói, with remote location and isolation enhancing them. Life seems hard emotionally, but teens have rather determined ways to cope and/or move on, particularly if you have something "abnormal" inside you, to be concealed from others. Thus, the script is not conceptional, but pleasant performances, realism and views of Iceland provide additional virtues, including witty ending and mix of funny (e.g. family meetings) and tragic (a death) moments.
Apart from rumours or comprehensions, it is no really gay film, so it can be recommended to those with conservative viewpoints as well. Perhaps not for parents of teens, as "adult" topics are shown too often (well, having visited Iceland, it is odd how the youth can afford so much to drink as respective prices are among the highest in the world).
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