May 16, 2008

Nói albínói

More barren than the Sahara, Dagur Kári's film is the Icelandic answer to Donnie Darko. 100% more mesmerizing and a greater tragedy, Nói albínói is a film that defines a certain country's cinema. On the same level as such great films as Bad Boy Bubby, this story too deals with dysfunction, although not as extreme or vulgar.

Nói is a prodigy; a boy capable of completing a Rubik's Cube in seconds flat but is stricken with the overbearingness of his father and his mothers borderline insanity. In this arctic wasteland, there isn't much to do. While getting his bottle of Malt, he meets a beautiful woman named Iris. This one fateful encounter kick starts a cycle of events leading to a horrific tragedy, one of likes which haven't been experienced before.

Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny was such a disaster due to some philosophy he carries believing that nothingness can be considered art. This, as you know, failed horribly, leaving the film with stains of the humiliation encountered at Cannes. Nói achieves what seemed to be impossible; make a contemporary classic staying along the guidelines for being minimalistic. In fact, this film might as well have been Dogme 95.

The uber-genius happens to also be an albino. Before you begin to mix facts with the film Powder, Nói didn't have any special powers except for an uncanny brain. The film is mixed with symbolism, snow glare, breath-taking cinematography, and characters you might actually care about. Alcoholism, underage obscurity, blood splattered dinner; Nói albínói is entirely one of a kind. This film will remind you of the special feeling within discovery. A dazzling portrait of snowbound calamity.


1 comment:

JD said...

This was a raw and wonderful film. Excellent review.