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Director:
Writer:
Dagur Kári (writer)
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Release Date:
28 February 2003 (Iceland) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
20 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
haunting tale of a bored adolescent See more (53 total) »

Cast

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Tómas Lemarquis ... Nói
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Kiddi Beikon
Elín Hansdóttir ... Íris
Anna Friðriksdóttir ... Lína
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

Ásdís Thoroddsen ... Bankastarfsmaður
Ásmundur Ásmudsson ... Barþjónn
Óttarr Proppé ... Starfsmaður í Herrafataverslun
Gunnhildur Björk Elíasdóttir ... Afgreiðsludama í sjoppu

Unnar Reynisson ... Dyravörður
Sveinn Geirsson ... Lögga 1 / Björgunarmaður (as Sveinn Þ. Geirsson)
Þorgeir Guðmundsson ... Lögga 2
Helgi E. Helgason ... Sjónvarpsþulur

Directed by
Dagur Kári 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dagur Kári  writer

Produced by
Philippe Bober .... producer
Soledad Gatti-Pascual .... co-producer
Lene Ingemann .... executive producer
Lene Ingemann .... producer
Kim Magnusson .... producer
Tivi Magnusson .... executive producer
Skuli Fr. Malmquist .... producer
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... executive producer
Thor Sigurjonsson .... producer (as Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson)
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Þorfinnur Ómarsson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Orri Jonsson 
Dagur Kári 
 
Cinematography by
Rasmus Videbæk 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Dencik 
 
Production Design by
Jon Steinar Ragnarsson 
 
Art Direction by
Jon Steinar Ragnarsson 
 
Costume Design by
Linda B. Arnardóttir 
Tanja Dehmel 
 
Makeup Department
Metusalemsdottir .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ásdís Thoroddsen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Newton .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Huldar Freyr Arnarson .... dialogue editor
Pétur Einarsson .... sound
Arni Gustafsson .... sync
Kjartan Kjartansson .... sound mixer
Matthias Lempert .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephan Liepe .... foley recordist
Erik Mischijew .... foley supervisor
Matz Müller .... foley editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ingvar Stefánsson .... best boy
 
Editorial Department
Christophe Legendre .... color timer
 
Music Department
Anna G. Magnusdottir .... music licensing
 
Other crew
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir .... production coordinator
Harpa Elísa Þórsdóttir .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nói albínói" - Iceland (original title)
"Nói" - USA (promotional title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language and brief nudity
Runtime:
France:82 min | Iceland:93 min | Netherlands:90 min (Rotterdam Film Festival) | Netherlands:95 min | USA:93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-7 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Alfre<eth> Kennari:[after Nói hands in a blank paper] Are you handing it in like this?
Nói:Yes.
Alfre<eth> Kennari:And what mark do you think you'll get for it?
Nói:Zero?
Alfre<eth> Kennari:No, no, no! You get zero point five for writing your name!
Nói:Really? That's better than I expected.
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
haunting tale of a bored adolescent, 19 March 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

In the spare and poetic "Noi the Albino," the title character is a seventeen-year-old gifted underachiever who lives with his grandmother in a dreary little village on the coast of northern Iceland. This would be a harsh, isolated environment for anyone to grow up in, but it is particularly trying for a misfit adolescent with few social skills and no real hope for the future. Noi, whose generally aloof, alcoholic father lives on his own in a different part of town, spends most of his time trudging purposelessly through the snowy streets of the village or holing up in the basement room he's carved out for himself as a kind of sanctuary from a world too utterly depressing to contemplate. Bored by school and bereft of friends, this young man drifts through life, dreaming of the day when he will be able to live on a very different kind of island in the South Seas, a location light years removed from this place where the interiors are every bit as stark and forbidding as the white-on-white world outside.

"Noi the Albino" is one of those films in which the very lack of anything significant happening becomes the central theme and message of the work. Noi lives a life that is so uneventful and boring that it would drive virtually any one of us to the brink of madness. We hardly blame him when we see him dozing through his classes at school or pilfering change from a mock slot machine set up in the local restaurant. Yet, despite the fact that virtually nothing of consequence happens, the film itself is a fascinating mood piece that seeps into our bones and makes us sympathize with the plight of the strange young man who occupies center stage in the drama. Most of the adults in Noi's life seem to sense his potential, but, for some reason, he is totally unwilling to tap into it. What's impressive about the film is that it doesn't try to explain why that is, though we sense it has something to do with the stifling environment in which he lives. Noi becomes emblematic of all people who lead lives of quiet desperation, tucked away in remote, virtually uninhabitable corners of the globe, far removed from the bustle and excitement that can be found only in places with large and diverse populations.

As Noi, Tomas Lemarquis gives a beautiful, subtle performance, creating a compelling and complex character using little more than body language and facial expressions. The final moments of the film are truly heartbreaking as Noi learns the value of what he has - even though, at that point, the realization comes too late.

Written and directed by Dagur Kari with an artist's eye for lyricism and austerity, this is a bleak but intriguing little film that will stay in your mind long past the closing credits.

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