TURN ME ON, DAMMIT (2011) + SHOW ME LOVE (1998) (double feature)
Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2, 2013:
TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!
2011, Norway, 76 minutes, 35mm, New Yorker Films
Written and directed by
Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
Based on Olaug Nilssen's novel
Starring Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde,
Beate Støfring, Matias Myren
In Norwegian with English subtitles
Wed & Thu: 7:30 pm
"The best film about teenagers since Gerardo Naranjo's I'm Gonna ExplodeSmart and short and sweet as can be."
Michael Atkinson, Time Out Chicago
"A new, offbeat Norwegian sex comedy (that) deals with adolescent female sexuality in a way you rarely see on film. The film is refreshing in that it features an
empowered female protagonist who stays true to herself."
Jeff Mills, Nerve
"Sexy, sardonic lovely as well as honest. TURN ME ON, DAMMIT! will likely find the most
favor for its frank portrayal of adolescent eroticism, female division, which seldom gets portrayed onscreen at all, much less at this affectionately candid level."
John Anderson, Variety
"Enormously entertaining. Both sexy and wholesome Turn Me On, Dammit!, is that rare thing, a movie that says shame on sexual shame and double shame on the double standard.
Bergsholm's poker-faced performance creates the effect that we are watching the misadventures of an actual teenager."
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Charming. A disarmingly earnest film about teenage sexuality. Whereas 'American Pie' and its studio-produced kin went for raunchy laughs, 'Turn Me On, Dammit!' goes one step further in dealing with a teenage sex drive: it takes it seriously. Peppered with inventive fantasy sequences that have slight tinges of 'Belle de Jour,' with Buñuel's surrealist edge replaced by playful, youthful exuberance. The brazen honesty of Turn Me On, Dammit! sets it apart as a refreshingly confident film, giving the teenage sex comedy a much warranted human dimension."
Daniel Loria, L Magazine
"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 Willmore, Movieline
"An honest, raw, multidimensional portrayal of a 15-year-old girl's sexual complexity. It's hard to think of examples of such clear-eyed adolescent female desire in Hollywood. Adolescent sexuality as seen through Hollywood's lens is often so goofy and anxiety-ridden that it comes off a caricature. While there are other subjects under examination in Turn Me On, Dammit!loneliness, boredom, existential impatienceAlma's libido is unapologetic. It's hungry, a little bit awkward, and entirely realistic. Her erotic urges are not a manifestation for something hidden or faulty about her character. Alma's just horny. The story of Alma, at its core, is one of a sexually confident adolescent facing a world that feels awkward about adolescent female sexuality."
Emma Pearse, Slate
"Jacobsen's frank, funny but nonexploitative approach to teen libido has the feel of honest memoir, a look back at those years that recognizes, with the benefit of distance, that there's plenty of humor to be found in even the most arduous of growing pains."
Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Charming. The credence it gives to a young female's sexuality is definitely refreshing."
Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine
"A shockingly forthright blast of thwarted hormones. A funny, bittersweet reminder of what it's like to be young, horny and perpetually frustrated. Alma is a great character, tough, resourceful and funny, and first-time actor Bergsholm projects an active, restless mind as well as a libido. She carries the movie with a winning combination of resilience, unaffected sexiness and gawky comic timing."
Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
PLUS, on the same program:
SHOW ME LOVE
(aka Fucking Åmål)
1998, Sweden/Denmark, 89 minutes, 35mm, Strand Releasing
Written and directed by Lukas Moodysson
Starring Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg
Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust
In Swedish with English subtitles
Wed & Thu: 9:10 pm
"The movie is funny, gentle, and true."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most honest and heartfelt teen dramas ever to grace the screen."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A completely charming reality-based romantic fantasy, both sweet-natured and sympathetic."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Right away this film grabs attention with documentary-style close- ups and upends teen movie cliches."
- Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"So good...marvelous screen actresses have created two girls whose discoveries about themselves feel organic and true. This is a lovely film."
- Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
This is a double feature:
your ticket admits you to BOTH films on the program!
Screening formats: 35mm
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036