In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helene Bergsholm ... Alma
Malin Bjørhovde Malin Bjørhovde ... Sara
Beate Støfring ... Ingrid
Matias Myren Matias Myren ... Artur
Lars Nordtveit Listau Lars Nordtveit Listau ... Kjartan
Henriette Steenstrup Henriette Steenstrup ... Alma's Mother
Jon Bleiklie Devik Jon Bleiklie Devik ... Sebjørn
Julia Bache-Wiig ... Maria
Julia Schacht ... Elisabeth (as Julia Elise Schacht)
Arthur Berning ... Terje
Hilde-Gunn Ommedal Hilde-Gunn Ommedal ... Magda
Ole Johan Skjelbred-Knutsen Ole Johan Skjelbred-Knutsen ... Turnip Factory Boss
Finn Tokvam Finn Tokvam ... Math Teacher
Yngve Hustad Reite Yngve Hustad Reite ... Careful Guy at Supermarket
Ronny Brede Aase Ronny Brede Aase ... Truck Driver
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A 15-year-old Norwegian teen (Helene Bergsholm) is eager to explore her budding sexuality, but her encounter with the school heartthrob makes her a social outcast.

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Comedy | Romance

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Awarded "Best Screenplay" at the Tribeca Film Festival 2011. Awarded the "Independent Distribution Award for Best Debut Film" at the International Rome Film Festival 2011. Jannicke Systad Jacobsen was chosen as one of Variety's "Ten European Directors to Watch" at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011. The film also won Best European First Feature at the Mons International Love Festival (Belgium) in 2012. See more »

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A Different Kind of Sex Comedy
8 May 2012 | by FilmPulseSee all my reviews

The concept of the adolescent sex comedy is not something movie goers haven't seen before, but the Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit! does offer a new perspective on a popular, yet critically maligned sub-genre. The film features everything one might expect from a sex comedy. Awkward moments, a few shocks, and several scenes of tenderness, however the thing that sets this film apart from the American Pies, is that the horny teenager in this film is a female.

The film focuses on Alma, a 15-year-old girl who lives in the small town of Skoddeheimen, and is in a constant state of fantasy, daydreaming about sleeping with nearly every man she lays eyes on. To suppress her urges, she becomes slightly addicted to calling phone sex lines, although she realizes they are a poor substitute for real human affection. She lives with her mother, who doesn't exactly know how to cope with her daughter's budding sexuality, and has difficulty approaching the subject. Alma is also in love with her neighbor Arthur, but after an incident at a party involving him, she misses her shot and becomes the school's pariah.

Adapted from a novel by Olaug Nilssen, and written and directed by Jannicke Systad, the most interesting part of Turn Me On, Dammit! is the simple fact that there's a female lead. Too often in American cinema we only see boys as dorky, sex-obsessed virgins. In our sexually repressed society, it's easy to forget that girls get horny too, and that's exactly what this film explores.

While there were certainly some embarrassing and uncomfortable moments in the film, it would be unfair to compare it to the sex comedies of America, because rather than focusing on the outlandish, this film takes a much more grounded approach. The comedy is less gross-out sight gags, and more dialogue-driven and situational.

The bleak backdrop of the one-horse town the characters live in is just enough to give the film that Euro-indie feel that we are all becoming accustomed to. Those viewers that grew up in small towns will also appreciate the stagnant feeling the characters all seem to share regarding the town.

While the majority of the film was charming, there weren't too many laugh out loud moments. Although some of the jokes may have been lost in translation, overall it was not a very funny movie. That's not to say it wasn't entertaining, just don't expect a laugh riot.

The film's climax also left something to be desired. The majority of the film moved at a relatively slow pace, then when Alma hit her lowest point, she inexplicably does a 180 and everything is sunshine and rainbows once again. One could argue this sentiment, but I would have liked to have seen a stronger resolution between Alma and her mother, and be given more inner dialogue from her explaining why she was feeling better about life.

Although Norway seems to be cranking out high quality movies left and right these days, most of them are gritty crime stories, so it's refreshing to see a more light-hearted film come our way. Turn Me On, Dammit! is a charming, yet slightly flawed coming of age story that will entertain some, and outrage others (Republicans, I'm looking at you.) Adam FilmPulse.net


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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

19 August 2011 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Turn Me On, Dammit! See more »

Filming Locations:

Saudasjøen, Sauda, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,145, 1 April 2012

Gross USA:

$126,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,743,743
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Motlys See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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