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, ...
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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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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 »
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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