Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 3:00 PM
Like an Icelandic version of Skins, Jitters centers on Gabriel, a sensitive 16 year old who goes to spend three weeks in an English language program in Manchester where he develops a bond with his roommate, Markus. After an evening of making out on their final night, Gabriel returns home changed by the experience and everyone notices. But he has to navigate between his overbearing mother and his large group of friends who all have their own teenage dramas and issues. These subplots take us into the lives of these kids with their drunken parties and family situations, but Gabriel is the axis around whom the film revolves. He must figure out what his experience with Markus really means about himself while dealing with his friends and family who have no idea that he may be gay, especially his closest friend Stella who is in love with him.
Dir. Baldvin Zophonía, 2010, Iceland, 97 mins. in English and Icelandic with English subtitles