“Turn Me On, Dammit”
Turn Me On, Dammit is a hilarious movie that takes place in the tiny town of Skoddeheim, Norway. The movie is probably the first to be released that discusses a young girl coming into her sexuality. There have been movies about guys over the years that make light of the situation while pointing out that this is something that actually happens, but not at this level about girls.
Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is a 15-year-old girl who, in no subtle terms, is obsessed with sex. She makes phone calls to sex hot-lines, masturbates so loudly that her mother puts ear- plugs in, and daydreams about nearly everyone. This was pretty much all fine until one day at a party Artur (Matias Myren), who is the boy Alma is crazy about, puts his penis on her thigh. Alma proceeds to tell her best friend Sara and her sister Ingrid who is in love with Artur. Ingrid then tells everyone what Alma said and that it was a lie. From that point on, Alma is labeled an outcast and given the nickname “Dick Alma.” This results in Sara not even wanting to be seen with her anymore.
This movie definitely had some of those awkward moments when the person watching the movie is like, “Why are they doing that?!” It was really refreshing to see something on film that was not only honest, but was still capable of making the audience roll with laughter.
This film will be released in limited viewing in the United States on March 30. It has been awarded “Best Screenplay” at the Tribeca Film Festival and “Best Debut Film” at the Rome Film Festival. For anyone who does not like subtitled movies, this is one; but unless it happens to cause headaches, it is recommended to make an exception for this movie.