Turn Me On, Goddammit! (2011)

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Released 2-Jan-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Madman Propaganda x 4
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 72:38 (Case: 76)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Helene Bergsholm
Malin Bjørhovde
Beate Støfring
Matias Myren
Lars Nordtveit Listau
Henriette Steenstrup
Jon Bleiklie Devik
Julia Bache-Wiig
Julia Schacht
Arthur Berning
Hilde-Gunn Ommedal
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Ginge Anvik


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes, and joints
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Films about the sexual urges of male teens are not unusual and are often played for broad comedy such as the American Pie series. Norwegian film Turn Me On Goddammit! (Fa meg pa, for faen), from female writer / director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, based on the novel by Olaug Nilssen, is different as it takes a gentle, humorous look at teen sexual urges from a female perspective.

     Fifteen year old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) lives with her single mother in a small nowhere rural town in Norway. When we first see Alma she lying on her kitchen floor masturbating to a phone sex line. She is also having sexual fantasies about Artur (Matias Myren), a boy at her school. With her best friend Saralou (Malin Bjorhovde) and Saralou’s sister Ingrid (Beate Stofring), Alma attends a party at the youth centre where Artur pokes his p**** into her side. Alma is happy and tells her friends, but Artur denies it. Ingrid, who fancies Artur herself, refuses to believe Alma and starts a campaign of derision against her at school. Alma is taunted with “Dick-Alma” and is ostracised by everyone except Saralou. Alma’s mother is no help; she is unhappy when she receives her phone bill including the huge charges Alma has run up on the sex line. Outcast and depressed, believing herself abnormal and not knowing where to turn, life becomes very difficult for Alma.

     Despite the subject matter, Turn Me On Goddammit! is a humorous, sweet film. It is low key and funny, avoids gross out humour, and writer / director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, in her first feature, has got spot on natural performances from all the young cast, especially Helene Bergsholm, who is wonderful, and Malin Bjorhovde. Bjorhovde’s Saralou is the more cynical and outward-looking girl of the group, and she is commencing her own tentative relationship with odd boy out Kjartan (Lars Bleiklie Listau) which acts as a delicate counterbalance to the issues experienced by Alma.

     Turn Me On Goddammit! could be gross or confronting but instead it is a sweet coming of age story from a female perspective that is well-acted and has a positive ending that will make you smile. The film is different, funny and entertaining and is well worth a look.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Turn Me On, Goddammit! is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, the original theatrical ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.

     This is a soft print. Detail is OK in close-ups but the print is very light with washed out pale colours except in a couple of interior scenes. I don’t remember any night scenes, it is Norway in summer after all, but blacks seem fine and shadow detail acceptable.

    English subtitles are in an easy to read yellow font and seemed to be timely. I did not notice any spelling or grammatical errors. Thankfully the subtitles did not remain on during the sections of English dialogue.

     A soft looking print but without other issues.

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Audio

     The audio is Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 Kbps.

     Dialogue was always clear and centred. There were some music and effects, such as cars, in the front surrounds and ambient sound and music in the rears. I noticed no subwoofer use, except for a bit of bass with some pop music tracks, but in reality the film did not require anything more.

    Lip synchronisation was good.

     The original score by Ginge Anvik was low key and effective. It was augmented by a number of English and Norwegian language pop songs.

     Turn Me On, Goddammit! is a film without action or explosions. The audio track was perfectly adequate.

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Extras

Theatrical Trailer (1:48)

Madman Propaganda

     Trailers for Your Sister’s Sister (2:26), A Royal Affair (1:56), Bernie (1:56) and Submarine (1:55).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The Region 1 US release, there titled Turn Me On, Dammit! is NTSC and includes as extras 4 deleted scenes and a 9 minute interview, in English, with director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen. There is also a Region 2 Norwegian version, which is PAL and does include the deleted scenes but not the interview apparently, and a Region 2 UK version, extras not listed. The extras give the US version the edge.

Summary

     Turn Me On Goddammit! is a humorous, sweet film, low key and funny, that avoids gross out humour and takes a gentle, humorous look at teen sexual urges from a female perspective.

     The video and audio are acceptable, a trailer is the only relevant extra.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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