FOR MEDIUM RARE: Turn Me On, Dammit!

Alma (Helene Bergsholm) in “Turn Me On, Dammit!,” a film by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen. (Photo courtesy of New Yorker Films)

It’s rare—probably because it’s a bit taboo—to depict teen female sexuality as a normal concept in film. It’s also a challenge to make the film frank, funny, and a generally well-rounded exploration of adolescent life. Turn Me On, Dammit! meets that challenge and breaks down the walls that obstruct the budding carnal desires of young women in cinema. The presentation of it is not sanitized and is actually quite racy, but it’s certainly not exploitative either. The Norwegian film written and directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, spotlights a plain Jane heroine with a crush on a classmate and a dirty mind, yet there’s more to her story than sexual obsession. This is also a film about rebellion, being the odd one out, and coming-of-age. With its bold portrait of a sexually charged female protagonist and touching on these other complex themes, it’s no wonder Turn Me On, Dammit! received honors for its screenplay—there aren’t a lot of other screenplays that can tell this kind of tale with humor and honesty in such creative fashion.

Read my full review at Medium Rare

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