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This review is from: Nói Albinói [DVD] (DVD)
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.