Thursday, 12 April 2012
For all intensive purposes, Baldvin Zophoníasson's Jitters (Órói, 2010) seems like little more than an Icelandic interpretations of Channel 4's Skins - a coming of age drama full of rambunctious adolescent misbehaviour. However, whilst easy to pigeon-hole as a piece of teenage cultural trash, if you give Zophoníasson's nuanced film an opportunity you’ll discover a powerfully emotive and honest insight to the harrowing journey adolescence can be.
Upon returning home from a summer language school in Manchester, Gabriel (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson) discovers not much has changed in his sleepy hometown, however, the same could not be said for this newly liberated young man who now carries a heavy secret around his neck. It weighs on his conscious whilst become infuriatingly noticeable to his over controlling mother - an overbearingly smothering matriarch who it appears is prepared to go to great and often embarrassing lengths to reveal the origins of her son’s new found fondness for solitude and privacy.