Playing out like a slightly more benign, Norwegian version of Welcome to the Dollhouse, Jannicke Systad Jacobsen's Turn Me On, Dammit! was the best thing I saw at this year's PIFF that I didn't end up writing about at the time. Delving into the budding female sexuality of its protagonist, it tells the story of Alma (Helene Bergsholm) whose coming of age is further complicated when a mishap with a boy she likes results in her being ostracized by her peers (could there be a less desirable high school nickname than "dick-Alma?").
Turn Me On, Dammit! doesn't shy away from the more painful aspects of Alma's experience but, mercifully, it does temper the misery with humor and true insight into the adolescent condition. Funny, great stuff; don't miss it.
Turn Me On, Dammit! begins its run at Living Room Theaters on Friday, July 13th. More info available here.