Jitters is an appealing film which I came to expecting it to focus more on gayness, but which is thoroughly enjoyable, even though I was glad to see the gay strand of the story make a reappearance before the end. In fact it suggests how that theme doesn't need to be highlighted in a country that has an openly lesbian prime minister; it is not really as big a deal as it is in Britain, you feel, and the main character's friend, who is quite a ladykiller, simply asks him on the mobile whether he is gay with some surprise, but no sense that their friendship will change as a result. Nevertheless there is still some reluctance to say it, particularly to his parents, which leads you to wonder whether this isn't almost inevitable where anything to do with making any explicit kind of statement about sex is concerned. Both this and the other three or four plot strands are very well interwoven, and the frequent party scenes are not boring to watch as they sometimes can be, maybe because of the music ... The film also gains from its Icelandic location, having started just outside Manchester. I would have welcomed more of a sense of place, but in a subtle way you can sense it, and we don't see that many Icelandic films. The young people seem to be in their last year at school and are engaging without trying to be; the whole film flows very well and does manage to achieve a depth in places that is perhaps surprising, taking it outside the genre as defined by American teenage films, and managing to give greater resonance to its themes than a soap opera would. It is also shot in widescreen, with a more poetic sense and better camerawork than a TV drama, although this too is worn lightly.