Film #55: Jitters (2010)

AKA: Órói
Directed by: Baldvin Zophoniasson
Language: Icelandic (and a bit of English)
Length: 97 minutes
Watched on: 10 Apr 2012

A trite waste of time.

Oh, you want more than that? Well, I guess I can put it all into context first. I’ve always had somewhat of a soft spot for films involving gay teens, and those involving Iceland, and the opportunity to watch this film came up recently. It came after a long day off in which I watched the entire first season of “United States of Tara” (a review will be forthcoming) and went on an unsuccessful date with a boring twat.

So I’d gotten somewhat drunk while out on said date (I managed to find cheap beer in Tokyo!), and when I watched this film, I just found it terrible, and this feeling was exaggerated by the tipsiness.

When a film bills itself by comparing itself to another film or TV series, that’s always a bit worrying. In this case, the advertising declared the film to be “the Icelandic Skins”. Oh dear… no. Skins actually had definable and interesting characters and didn’t focus so heavily on drunken parties (despite using them extensively in the advertising, in a weird logical loop).

Perhaps it’s just that I’m too old now to be interested by coming-out stories… after all, for about half the film I was just getting angry at the guy for not being honest to his friends, and for apparently being paranoid about coming out in one of the most accepting countries in the world. As for his lying, it was just totally unbelievable.

Then at the end, the film makes cheap drama by killing off an unimportant character to make the others learn an important lesson about mortality… I guess? I don’t even know who it was who died, since I wasn’t emotionally involved with the characters, and it happened offscreen anyway.

So, unrealistic and boring. Plus points, well, it’s always nice to listen to Icelandic.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: