After experiencing a possible life changing event, Gabriel (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson) returns to his hometown in Iceland to discover that nothing has really changed since he’s been away. After spending time in Manchester, taking part in an English language speaking course, Gabriel’s return home is a culture shock, as he’s had a taste of what the wider world can offer.
As he becomes withdrawn, his mother: a domineering and protective woman, tries to find out the secret that her son is keeping from her through escalating acts of embarrassment. As well as that, Gabriel also has to contend with the troubles of his friends, and an event that has shocking consequences for the whole town.
Gabriel has a multitude of questions, trials, and tribulations to contend with as Baldvin Zophoníasson’s film magnifies the doubts, fears, and insecurities of a young man trying to understand his place in the world. Jitters (Órói) explores the different ways of life that Gabriel knows: that of his small town persona, and his fledgling emotional maturity brought on from his time abroad. It’s trying to balance these two personas that forms the heart of Gabriel’s dilemma, that is faced by many people his age.
“A coming of age drama full of rambunctious adolescent misbehaviour.”
— Cine Vue
“Funny, touching and genuinely likeable.”
“It’s emotional and quite effective.”
— Thoughts On Film
Did You Know?
Jitters (Órói) was Baldvin Zophoníasson’s film debut, culminating from years studying film, and working in different positions in most of Iceland’s major television networks. Since Jitters the director has had a varied career in television: writing for the acclaimed sitcom “Hæ Gosi”, which he was also an executive producer. Review our Gay Themed Films Here