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Noi Albinoi [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tomas Lemarquis, Throstur Leo Gunnarsson, Elin Hansdottir, Anna Fridriksdottir, Hjalti Rognvaldsson
  • Directors: Petur Einarsson
  • Producers: Slowblow, Kim Magnusson, Skuli Fr Malmquist
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 July 2010
Format: DVD
Noi Albinoi is a great little Icelandic film about a bored 17 year old teenager who leads a dull life in a small Icelandic fishing town, where the landscape is cold and dreary, and everybody seems to be unhappy.
Despite his above average intelligence Noi constantly skips school and spends his days wandering around town, rigging slot machines to pay out a jackpot, hanging out at the local book store where he plays board games with the owner and retreating to a hidden cellar in his grandmother's home where he dreams of visiting Hawaii.
When the book store owners' daughter named Iris arrives in town the two begin a tentative relationship. Noi is infatuated by the beautiful girl who has lived in the capital Reykjavik, and Iris sees Noi as rebellious, amusing and a way of passing time in a boring town. After Iris jokes of running away with Noi he takes her seriously and after a series of misjudged exploits his life rapidly changes for the worse.
The slow pace of the film along with frequent landscape shots help convey just how oppressive and bleak life is in the remote Icelandic town, but the thing that brings 'Noi Albinoi' to life are the great characters and a story that is infused with typical Icelandic dark subtle humour and pathos. If you like foreign films, this is an absolute must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2012
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A paradoxical comedy; in the best sense, a whole lot about nothing. Noi is a teenager in a small town where nothing ever happens. Having said that, things always seem to be happening to him and, being an adolescent, every decision could have far-reaching consequences. The desolate spot where Noi happens to live is all snow - the spring lasts only long enough for him to skim a few stones - and there's something arbitrary about the various jobs all the adults do, as if they were there, mechanic, teacher, headmaster, priest, bar man, because of a curse. Noi is a bad student, but is he thick or is he too brilliant for lessons in mayonnaise?

The lesson learned in 101 Reykjavik [DVD] [2001] is that life is good and bad and everything just IS. It is a brave sense of resignation that characterises Icelandic cinema and literature and so long as you can accept that everything just is, you'll likely approve of Noi Albinoi and find the film very funny. The deleted scenes are worth a look too. Funniest scene? Cooking with his dad (Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson , who was the lead in Tears Of Stone). Just thinking of that makes me want to give it a fifth star...
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Not a bad little film with some funny dialogue and a couple of very funny scenes. However don't expect a riot throughout, there's an amount of bleakness to proceeedings! Enjoyed watching, but now I've done don't imagine I'd watch again personally.
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How does a misfit survives - socially - in a village of 20 persons somewhere in the North of Iceland?
Life starts when a girl from the great city of Reykjavik is sent there by her father to cool down a bit.
And the it starts to snow. Minimal art. Great fun.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By wabrit on 10 Jun 2004
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Noi Albinoi (translated as Noi the Albino, after the lead character's appearance) joins that select band of films from Iceland that get distribution in the UK. To the best of my knowledge, the previous such film was '101 Reykjavik', which asked us to enjoy the boorish antics of its singularly unappealing hero. Fortunately Noi Albinoi is a much better film than that.
It's set in the North West corner of Iceland, and focuses on the young man Noi and his struggle to grow up in an isolated community where nothing much ever happens. Alas the film slides into cliche once or twice (the peripheral characters are just a bit too quirky and aren't given enough attention to rise above stereotypes), and unwisely hints that Noi may be the proverbial idiot savant (whereas it would have made for a harder-edged more compelling film if that had not been resorted to). Indeed one of the excellent supplements on the disk features a scene cut from the finished film where this hint becomes overt, and it's interesting that the director chose to remove it.
The best things about the film are the performance of the lead actor in the title role, and the cinematography. As usual Artificial Eye have done a great job with the DVD on both the film itself and the supplements.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janice D on 19 April 2005
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Despite the title, this movie is not about an albino. Noi Albinoi is a nickname for the character to show the audience that he is different. It hints that he is an outcast and removed from everyone else in the town. This 17 year old boy is a mix between the town idiot and a genius. Noi, bored with life in his tiny fishing village, bored or causing trouble in school has found a new interest. Iris, who works at the gas station.
This movie had me laughing out loud and crying. I liked it because it was a deliberatley obscure movie. Noi lives in a fishing village that is extremely claustrauphobic, yet refreshingly we never see any fishermen.
In particular i like the scene where Noi is making a liver dish with his father and grandmother. (You will howl like a maniac when you see this.)
Tomas Lemarquis is perfect for the role. There is not much dialogue but the lines he exchanges with anyone in the school are hysterical! He is the pupil every teacher would love to expell yet I admired his wit. His facial expressions are brilliant and the preformance is very physical. He brings Noi to life and it is hard to believe the acotr is not Noi. According to interviews with Tomas, there is not one similarity (apart from being bald) to Noi.
I highly recomend this film as Tomas Lemarquis' other film, Dramarama "Vililjos" is not available to buy anywhere. I really think that this is a special movie. Its not trying to deliver a message. It doesnt promise to show you anything in particular...it just tells the story of Noi.
Look out for the french teacher...he is Tomas' father in real life!
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