Posts tagged Iceland
- Teacher of murdered gay child sympathizes with his killer
- “Rape the gay away” pastor doesn’t have to go to prison
- Toronto Christian program tries to “heal” guys from being gay
- Trans student banned from US university for “concealing identity”
- Prominent gay rights activist in Cameroon was tortured and killed
- Gays being beaten, tortured and raped to “cure” them in Ecuador
- Iceland to cut diplomatic ties with Russia over gay propaganda law
- Russian author risks arrest by releasing gay-themed children’s book
- Historian: gay marriage existed in the Christian church in the year 100
- 12 innocent topics that Britain’s censored internet will probably block
- US financial giant says Europe’s anti-fascist constitutions hinder capitalism
- Too many pesticides in the food? US just raise allowable levels of pesticides
- US reporters have no protection saving confidentiality of their sources
- Spanish researchers build chat bot that will get horny teens into big trouble
- Iceland: World’s first openly gay prime minister quits politics
- Estonia: 35,000 sign petition to oppose marriage equality
- Italian equal opportunities minister resigns over homophobia
- US Boy Scouts may start allowing in gay kids but not adults
- McDonald’s worker harassed by management for being too gay
- UK internet providers collaborate on government surveillance
- All telephone calls recorded, accessible to the US government
- Israel airport security officially allowed to read all your e-mails
- 5-year-old kills his little sister with gun he got for his birthday
- Pirate Party enters Iceland’s national parliament for first time
- France legalises same-sex marriage & same-sex couple adoption
- Ireland set to get referendum on legalising same-sex marriage
- New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill
- Queer-friendly scouting organization reports massive growth
- South African lesbian football player brutally murdered
- More than 70,000 protest against gay marriage in France
- Uganda to officially pass controversial ‘Kill the Gays’ bill
- Uruguay finally to begin debating marriage equality law
- Mayor of Iceland’s capitol: Homophobes are just assholes
- CIA officer jailed for leaking about torture, torturer goes free
- Affair of CIA chief causes more outrage than illegal drone strikes
- American airport porn body scanner vendor accused of fraud
- Facebook blocks civil rights group over pic of woman without veil
- Teen gamers better at simulated surgery than medical residents
- Appeal against 100-year gay pride ban in Moscow refused
- Gay clubbers firebombed in night club in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Madonna sued for “maybe” turning Russian people gay
- South Carolina sheriffs warned over illegal entrapment of gays
- Police in Zimbabwe arrests 44 people in anti-gay raid
- Shooting in Baltimore leaves one gay man dead, another in a coma
- Guard shot at Christian anti-gay lobby group’s office in Washington
- Second phase of HIV vaccine trials starts in China with 150 volunteers
- Thousands march in Dublin, demand marriage equality in Ireland
- Reykjavik mayor wear drag & rides in Icelandic gay pride parade
- After British raiding threats, Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange
- U.S. Republican admits suppressing minority votes is Republican tactic
- Files reveal how Boy Scouts kicked out gays but covered child molesters
- Man gets killed while handcuffed in police car, cops say it was suicide
- Mutant Fukushima butterflies reveal effects of radiation after meltdown
Gabriel is sixteen, gay and confused. Along with few of his closest friends, he is trying to figure out who he is and where he stands in an ever changing and complicated world.
Jitters (original title Órói) is based on two teen novels by author Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir: Strákarnir med strípurnar ("The Boys with Highlights") and Rótleysi, rokk og rómantík ("Restlessness, Rock and Romance"). The star actor in this film is Atli Óskar Fjalarsson who plays Gabríel, a 16-year-old adolescent at a turning point in his life. During the summer before his freshman year in high school, or framhaldsskóli, he embarks upon a journey of self-discovery, a journey in which he experiences the highs and lows of life before making peace with his inner self.
The movie opens in an English language school in Manchester. Gabríel is introduced to Markús, his Icelandic roommate for the next three weeks, and in that time they become close friends and discover a side of their selves they hadn’t dared to explore in their native surroundings. Back in Iceland and perhaps more confused than ever, Gabríel is re-united with his best friend Stella, a young girl who lives with her grandmother, and confides all her troubles to him.
The rest of the gang, all aged 16, are equally confused although perhaps less troubled than Stella and Gabríel. What they all have in common is their coming-of-age struggle in an age where the world moves at the speed of light and adult interferences seem less and less relevant to their reality.
The film’s success is rooted in the hard truth—so explicitly told—about the Icelandic reality, as we know it. The romantic illusion of American teen films is shattered here. Instead, portraits of drunken intercourse, excess drinking of adults and youths alike is the exposed reality.
The film is a sincere depiction of the ever-changing scenario of adolescence and the constant shift in normality from one generation to the next. The vast changes in technology and the seemingly de-romantification of love and sex is what we see on the surface of a realist film about teenagers.
The raging outbursts and ingratitude for the rare freedom teenagers experience in Iceland is merely an act. Underneath the tough surface, they do appreciate their freedom and have the capacity to make good choices. And however awkwardly they may go about finding love and tackle the obstacles posed by their parents, they seem to somehow make it all work.
The strong bonds of friendship are as important to today’s generation, as they have been to the older generations “surviving” these difficult years, and the same parental problems are inherited from one generation to the next. What is different is the positive change in attitudes toward the matters of the heart and the “laissez-faire” adaption of new norms.