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Noi the Albino (2003)

Nói albinói (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 2003 (Iceland)
Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director:

Dagur Kári

Writer:

Dagur Kári

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tómas Lemarquis ... Nói
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Kiddi Beikon
Elín Hansdóttir Elín Hansdóttir ... Íris
Anna Friðriksdóttir Anna Friðriksdóttir ... Lína
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ... Óskar
Pétur Einarsson ... Prestur
Kjartan Bjargmundsson Kjartan Bjargmundsson ... Gylfi
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson Þorsteinn Gunnarsson ... Þórarinn Skólastjóri
Guðmundur Ólafsson Guðmundur Ólafsson ... Alfreð Kennari
Haraldur Jónsson Haraldur Jónsson ... Teitur Sálfræðingur
Gérard Lemarquis Gérard Lemarquis ... Frönskukennari
Greipur Gíslason Greipur Gíslason ... Dabbi
Páll Loftsson Páll Loftsson ... Pabbi Dabba / Bankastjóri
Ásdís Thoroddsen Ásdís Thoroddsen ... Bankastarfsmaður
Ásmundur Ásmudsson Ásmundur Ásmudsson ... Barþjónn
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Storyline

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Noi dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with Iris, a city girl who works in a local gas station. But his clumsy attempts at escape spiral out of control and end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will shatter Noi's universe and offer him a window into a better world.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Iceland | Germany | UK | Denmark

Language:

Icelandic | French

Release Date:

28 February 2003 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nói See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolungarvík, Iceland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,808, 21 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,135, 13 June 2004
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Palm trees are repeatedly present in the movie as a symbol: on the Viewmaster slide, on Noi's father's shirt, on the cake her grandmother bakes and on the green wallpaper at his house. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the psychiatrist examines Nói, the former behaves strangely negligent. No health care professional would administrate an intelligence test by giving the subject scarce instructions, since these are part of a standardized protocol. Instead, he would give detailed instructions asking the subject if he has understood them and should be present during, at least, a portion of the test. See more »

Quotes

Alfre Kennari: [after Nói hands in a blank paper] Are you handing it in like this?
Nói: Yes.
Alfre Kennari: And what mark do you think you'll get for it?
Nói: Zero?
Alfre Kennari: No, no, no! You get zero point five for writing your name!
Nói: Really? That's better than I expected.
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Comedy, beauty, tragedy
12 January 2004 | by alanjjSee all my reviews

Noi is a tragicomic tale of a young man who is too bright to be stuck in the dismal life he was given, but not creative enough or tenacious enough to find a way out. He refuses to play by the rules, but has not figured out anything else that he can do or be. He has minor escapes, via a ViewMaster, books, a girlfriend from the city, a gun to shoot icicles with, but they are not ultimately enough to keep him from going berserk. But the tiny Icelandic village where he lives understands him, and refuses to do something so simple as to have him locked up or sent away. Rather, they just understand, and Noi cannot get out of his dreary cold existence.

The role of Noi is played by a skinny young man who looks like he's had chemo, but he's got a beautiful expressive face, which is on-screen almost all the time. I'd love to see the guy with a head of hair. His grandmother provides great comic relief as she does her aerobics, and his dad is a vivid character down on his luck in a way that only Scandinavians can portray. He's drunk on Elvis, and that makes his life bearable.

Hope this movies gets releases--it's beautiful to look at, funny, sad, touching.


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