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  • Actors: Tomas Lemarquis, Throstur Leo Gunnarsson, Elin Hansdottir, Anna Fridriksdottir, Hjalti Rognvaldsson
  • Directors: Dagur Kari
  • Producers: Kim Magnusson, Skuli Fr Malmquist, Thorir Snaer Sigurjonsson
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,770 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Icelandic director Dagur Kori's portrait of Noi, a strikingly individual seventeen-year-old rebel drifting through life in a bleak, extremely remote town covered in a perpertual layer of snow and ice. Noi is expelled from school, reducing his social contact to flawed and ambivalent relationships with his widowed alcoholic father and a distant fondness for his slightly batty grandmother... until he meets Iris, a city girl who has come home after an unspecified incident to stay with her father in the town. Noi's dreams of escape, however, end up in farcical failure - until a natural disaster occurs that changes his world forever.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ernie 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 1000 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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By technoguy VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Noi Albinoi is a film by 1st time Icelander,Dagur Kari,shot in NW Iceland.It's about 17 year old Noi,a misfit who genuinely is a total outsider to the small village community by a remote ford.With his bald head and great staring eyes,his incuriosity about adapting to norms of behaviour at school,his bad time-keeping,his isolation from the conditioning of his fellow pupils.He lives with his grandmother,and sees his father periodically,an alcoholic.He dreams of escape from this snow-bound grotto, with its lack of mobile phones,computers in this timeless landsape.All he seems able to get hold of (almost the toy things of another age) are a View-Finder,with its views of Hawaii,a Rubik cube,which he does in two minutes,and a game of Fortress he plays with the bookshop owner.Some of the teachers at school are threatening to resign if he is not expelled.He is reliant on his grandmother to get him off to school.

His only solace is a girl,Iris,a pretty young city girl who works in a local gas station and café. She reminds him that this isn't all there is,there's another life outside and elsewhere,if he chooses to go.Tomas Lemarquis gives a standout performance as the film's oddball antihero.He now and again has a beer or two,or attempts to trick a fruit machine into paying out a win.His relationship with his dad is a bit like a role reversal with him playing the caring father figure.His attempts to break out have a comical episode where he attempts to hold up a bank,only for him to have the gun wrestled out of his hand by the baker,and him being kicked out.He also goes with his father for a drink in a night bar.He's not allowed alcohol,only a lemonade,which he attempts to pour out whisky into from his own concealed spirit bottle,while his dad sings Elvis's In the Ghetto.
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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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