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Noi the Albino (2003)

Nói albinói (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 2003 (Iceland)
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 »

Director:

Dagur Kári

Writer:

Dagur Kári
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tómas Lemarquis ... Nói
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Kiddi Beikon
Elín Hansdóttir Elín Hansdóttir ... Íris
Anna Friðriksdóttir Anna Friðriksdóttir ... Lína
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ... Óskar
Pétur Einarsson ... Prestur
Kjartan Bjargmundsson Kjartan Bjargmundsson ... Gylfi
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson ... Þórarinn Skólastjóri
Guðmundur Ólafsson Guðmundur Ólafsson ... Alfreð Kennari
Haraldur Jónsson Haraldur Jónsson ... Teitur Sálfræðingur
Gérard Lemarquis Gérard Lemarquis ... Frönskukennari
Greipur Gíslason Greipur Gíslason ... Dabbi
Páll Loftsson Páll Loftsson ... Pabbi Dabba / Bankastjóri
Ásdís Thoroddsen Ásdís Thoroddsen ... Bankastarfsmaður
Ásmundur Ásmudsson Ásmundur Ásmudsson ... Barþjónn
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Storyline

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 station. 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.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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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

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

Kristmundur 'Kiddi Beikon' B. Kristmundsson: I'II teach you a trick that never fails: you ask the cutest chick: Have you put on some weight? I promise you, she wont leave you alone until you have... slept with her. It never fails! Just remember to use a condom. Unwanted children don't let you know they're coming, you know what I mean.
Nói: I think I'll go now.
Kristmundur 'Kiddi Beikon' B. Kristmundsson: Really? Am I being boring?
Nói: Drunk.
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Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

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A fascinating, deeply touching story
10 January 2005 | by opossumdSee all my reviews

Although distant in time and space, this work is reminiscent of post-WW2 Italian neorealism, with a sprinkle of dry Nordic humour. The grandiose setting of Iceland's north-western fjord region is the real protagonist: that huge white cone-shaped mountain looms in the background, very similar to Dante's Purgatory mount, meting out penance and confining the souls living within its shadow. The actors - like in neorealistic movies - seem (but aren't) taken from the street, they look completely natural, they have jobs and behave like real people. The title character is amazingly expressive, despite his shaved head and eyebrows. With a fractional movement of the eyes and mouth he moves us to tears or laughter. The dialogues are scanty, but the continuity makes it all very clear: Noi is a child prodigy, who is tied to an inescapable, remote environment. He is at variance with his teachers, but loves - and is loved by - his disjoint family. He dreams of escaping to an entirely different world, a world of sunny beaches and palm trees, taking along the girl he is infatuated with. But deep down he knows his dream is doomed: there is no escape from his icy ghetto - almost.


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Country:

Iceland | Germany | UK | Denmark

Language:

Icelandic | French

Release Date:

28 February 2003 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nói See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolungarvík, Iceland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,808, 21 March 2004

Gross USA:

$60,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,342,010
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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