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Noi Albinoi (2003)

Cast: Tomas Lemarquis, Throstur Leo Gunnarsson, Elin Hansdottir, more...
Director: Dagur Kari
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Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Foreign, Scandinavia, Coming of Age , UK
Running Time: 90 min.

NOI ALBINOI is the feature-length debut from Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kari. Set in an isolated fjord during the dead of winter, teenager Noi (Tomas Lemarquis) is stuck living with his grandma Lina (Anna Fridriksdottir). His mother is gone and his father, Kiddi (Throstur Leo Gunnarsson), is busy battling alcoholism. Although he's incredibly bright, Noi gets kicked out of school for cutting class and setting up clever pranks. With nothing to do in the frozen wilderness, he eventually meets gas station attendant Iris (Elin Hansdottir) and the two start a gentle romance. Noi then gets the idea to rob the town bank and take off with Iris, but it doesn't work out as planned. The moody original musical score is from the director's band Slowblow. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Slacker Spirt--Icelandic Style by talltale December 2, 2004 - 11:14 AM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I've enjoyed all the Icelandic films I've seen, and NOI is no exception. Iceland appears such a bizarre place--remote, cold, with much less light than dark. Yet its inhabitants cope (often, if these films are to be believed, by adopting a kind of "slacker" attitude). Noi, the character and the film, has certainly adopted it. This may put some people off, but if you keep you eyes, ears, heart and mind open, you'll encounter unusual things here that will keep you on your toes. This is a fairly "uncategorizable" movie--part comedy/drama, all deadpan delight--which should make it catnip for those of you who desire something different.

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Iceland, land of ice. and land.
Not sure how, boy am I glad.
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