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Jitters [DVD]

Atli Oskar Fjalarsson , Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir , Baldvin Zophoníasson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Birna Rún Eiríksdóttir, Lilja Guðrún Jónsdóttir
  • Directors: Baldvin Zophoníasson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VD2E86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,831 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Like an Icelandic Skins, Jitters captures the excitement and trauma of a group of teens as they enter young adulthood, all orbiting around the resonant story of the gay romance blossoming between the uptight teen Gabriel and free-spirited Marcus. Becoming friends whilst studying in Manchester, things change on their last night together when they share an unexpected kiss. However, the romance is quickly curtailed when they go their separate ways upon returning home. Slowly family and friends notice a change in handsome Gabriel, who realises he is gay but decides to keep it a secret. He has little time to mope, for between parties and excursions, his friends have their own set of problems. And when Marcus returns to the scene, Gabriel is forced make some very significant decisions. An attractive, energetic ensemble cast and a driving, pulsating soundtrack, this is one coming-of-drama that will stay with you.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Breakingly Good Film from Iceland. 9 Jun 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Gabriel (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson)is slowly realising that he might be gay, he likes his female friends but has no compulsion to do any more than just `hang' with them. So on a summer English school to `sunny' Manchester he rooms up with outgoing and would be hairdresser, Markus (Haralder Ari Stefansson) and after a drunken party they share a kiss. It seems to mean more to Gabriel than Markus and on returning to Iceland his over bearing mother knows something has changed him. So like any caring but annoying mum she calls a family meeting. This involves a painful meeting with both real dad and step dad all trying to be overly PC whilst being border line stalkers.

We also have his best mate, hard drinking and womanising Teddi, who is the exact opposite of the caring thoughtful Gabriel. There are also the tales of his other friends especially Stella and Greta who all have familial and emotional issues which they invariably share with Gabriel in a trouble shared is a troubled halved kind of way. What actually happens is it becomes a trouble shared is a trouble doubled way instead. One has an alcoholic loose moraled mother who won't tell her who her father is. The other is living with an over protective grandmother who doesn't want her to turn out like her mother. They spend their time planning for an uncertain future and having parties where copious amounts of alcohol are consumed as a prelude to non committal sex, except for Teddi (but not always).

There have been comparisons with `Skins' which is unfortunate as this most certainly is not. What director Baldvin Zophoniasson has created is a multi layered tale of kids becoming adults and not really knowing what they are doing. This is a state we have all been through at that particular time in life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fewer Jitters, More Turmoil 8 Aug 2012
The Icelandic title of this film, Órói, actually translates as Turmoil, defined as "a state or condition of extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion." And that is a much better description of the contents of this film. We meet our teenage hero, Gabriél, a straight shooter, as he participates in an ESL program in England, where he meets Markús, another Icelander, who has his brother's ID and introduces Gabriél to drink, and it becomes clear, that the boys find comfort in each other, and perhaps some deeper feelings. Back in Iceland Gabriél returns to his family with little to say about his trip, to the consternation of his mother. Meanwhile his gal pal is having boyfriend problems. All the kids party hardily with little adult supervision. After a robbery at the convenience store where she works, in which she is roughed up, she is befriended by co-worker, a Russian boy, Mitrovik, who is seen as an outsider even though he has lived in Iceland a long time. Her mother refuses to act like one, so her meddling grandmother, who sees it as her job to protect the girl's purity, ruins her life by stalking her.

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After we watch all this commotion, Markús reappears at another party and is quite cold towards Gabríel. He disappears with a girl, and when Gabríel goes looking for him he is found buck naked in the middle of sex with the girl. At this point Gabríel leaves in a state of "extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion." When his harassed, depressed girl friend commits suicide, the grandmother is sick with grief, but is embraced (and redeemed) by Mitrovik, who returns a cross necklace stolen in the robbery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jitters
I must admit I really did enjoy Jitters. It really is a heartwarming story. I notice another review has said "Nothing happens between the lads". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Newt Beaumont
4.0 out of 5 stars Jitters
A teenage comming of age type film, quite entertaining worth more than one watch.The film is set in Iceland.not the frozen food store haha. Subtitles
Published 8 months ago by Brian William Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Teens
A great film that teens could empathise with when contemplating coming out. It has more of an emotional focus to the film.
Published 11 months ago by Shaun Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
Good soundtrack, interesting storyline, likeable main character. Be prepared to put up with the foreign subtitles and learn the character's names early on or it can get very... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Music Lover
1.0 out of 5 stars its crap
nothing really happens its a load of crap, u dont really see anything going on with the 2 guys its slow and boaring
Published 13 months ago by tommo
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet
coming out film in Iceland. sweet film with cute boys. well acted funny ending. Nothing too deep or taxing, but worth watching
Published 16 months ago by Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute star; totally, ludicrously unbelievable movie
Jitters is okay; I didn't hate it, but I can't say I like it; it's just too unbelievable to react to in much of any way at all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gay entertainment!
Fully enjoyable, acting pretty good, typically gay storyline, but enjoyable watching.

Good enough acting, and easy to follow!

Story you can watch a few times.
Published 22 months ago by Robofox
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and easy to watch
This is world cinema at its best so I wouldnt marginalise this film and call it a gay film or a teenage film. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by cartoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Jitters - um...
A warning, there is at least one big spoiler in what follows.

I get nervous each time I see a teen-drama compared favourably with 'Skins' as the experience almost always... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by Bom
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