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Noi the Albino (2003)
"Nói albínói" (original title)

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Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

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Kiddi Beikon
Elín Hansdóttir ...
Íris
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Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Óskar
Pétur Einarsson ...
Prestur
Kjartan Bjargmundsson ...
Gylfi
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson ...
Þórarinn Skólastjóri
Guðmundur Ólafsson ...
Alfreð Kennari
Haraldur Jónsson ...
Teitur Sálfræðingur
Gérard Lemarquis ...
Frönskukennari
Greipur Gíslason ...
Dabbi
Páll Loftsson ...
Pabbi Dabba / Bankastjóri
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Bankastarfsmaður
Ásmundur Ásmudsson ...
Barþjónn
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Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Noi dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with Iris, a city girl who works in a local gas staion. But his clumsy attempts at escape spiral out of control and end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will shatter Noi's universe and offer him a window into a better world. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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28 February 2003 (Iceland)  »

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€1,100,000 (estimated)

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$4,808 (USA) (19 March 2004)

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$60,135 (USA) (11 June 2004)
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Gérard Lemarquis, who plays the French schoolteacher, is the father of 'Tomas Lemarquis', who plays Noi. Gérard Lemarquis is a French schoolteacher in real life, and the director 'Dagur Kari' was one of his students. See more »

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In the scene where the psychiatrist examines Nói, the former behaves strangely negligent. No health care professional would administrate an intelligence test by giving the subject scarce instructions, since these are part of a standardized protocol. Instead, he would give detailed instructions asking the subject if he has understood them and should be present during, at least, a portion of the test. See more »

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Lína: Kiddi! What are you doing here?
Kristmundur 'Kiddi Beikon' B. Kristmundsson: I've come to raise my son.
Lína: Isn't that a little bit late?
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Comedy, beauty, tragedy
12 January 2004 | by (Greenwich Village, NY) – See all my reviews

Noi is a tragicomic tale of a young man who is too bright to be stuck in the dismal life he was given, but not creative enough or tenacious enough to find a way out. He refuses to play by the rules, but has not figured out anything else that he can do or be. He has minor escapes, via a ViewMaster, books, a girlfriend from the city, a gun to shoot icicles with, but they are not ultimately enough to keep him from going berserk. But the tiny Icelandic village where he lives understands him, and refuses to do something so simple as to have him locked up or sent away. Rather, they just understand, and Noi cannot get out of his dreary cold existence.

The role of Noi is played by a skinny young man who looks like he's had chemo, but he's got a beautiful expressive face, which is on-screen almost all the time. I'd love to see the guy with a head of hair. His grandmother provides great comic relief as she does her aerobics, and his dad is a vivid character down on his luck in a way that only Scandinavians can portray. He's drunk on Elvis, and that makes his life bearable.

Hope this movies gets releases--it's beautiful to look at, funny, sad, touching.


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