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on 20 July 2010
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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