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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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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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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

Frönskukennari: Bonjour. Today I'II teach you how to make real mayonnaise.
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Connections

Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

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The Righteous Snowman
14 November 2005 | by cosmicdripSee all my reviews

If one were to pigeonhole this film you could put it in the category of quirky loner movies in which the protagonist befriends an equally lonely female character (ex: Buffalo 66, Napoleon Dynamite, Punch Drunk Love). Different shades of the same core character in a recognizable yet foreign setting, however that aside these films have nothing else that obvious in common.

I ORIGINALLY thought the movie had interesting moments but was mainly… drab. However, since I watched it the other night I have not stopped thinking about it which I think for a filmmaker is the greatest compliment of all. The main character Nói is played by someone whom at all times exudes an aura of mellow assurance (not like the Fonz) which would seem rare for the situations this 17 year old encounters but at the same time he makes it believable. The Director/Auter Kári makes a valiant effort by writing the screenplay and making an unalloyed soundtrack of his bands music which ebbs nicely with the desolation and not opting for a Sigur Rós opus (note the polarity of Noi listening to ska and black metal in the taxi). I've also made some biblical assumptions as far as content is concerned since a member on here made it known that Nói means Noah in Icelandic.

The video quality caught me off guard at first, giving the impression of a university student at the helm but after several minutes the effect is interesting and even promotes the mood of the film, especially at night(ex: low angle of Iris outside the museum). There are also moments of sparse dialogues throughout which lend a viewer to dwell and dwell on meaning afterwards.

I would advise viewers prior to engagement to slow down any Michael Bay metabolism you might have to give this film an honest chance. This film is rife with awards and because it's independent one may get that Pulp Fiction/Trainspotting itch before hand which would be a GIANT mistake.


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