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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.
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!