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Nói Albinói Review


Very Good
With a population of just 300,000, Iceland is too small to play a major role in world cinema, and that's too bad because no place on Earth photographs better. See any Icelandic film, and no matter the story, the stark landscape is always a co-star.

Such is the case with Nói albinói, a deceptively simple tale of a typically sullen and disaffected teen (Tómas Lemarquis) who has the bad luck to be stuck in a tiny wind-blasted town pushed to the edge of the sea by a razor-sharp mountain that looms ominously. It's not as if Nói can go see a movie at the multiplex in the mall when he's bored.

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101 Reykjavík Review


Very Good
Dark and dry (much like Iceland itself, I guess), the Nordic film 101 Reykjavík offers a strange look at modern relationships: In this case, a love triangle among a disaffected Icelandic twentysomething named Hylnur (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), his mother (Hanna María Karlsdóttir), and their bisexual lover (Spanish vixen Victoria Abril).

It's a strange and distant tale that would only appear on Jerry Springer in America but comes off as quirky and cute when presented from the cold Nordic perspective. Hylnur still lives at home, and when mom brings in her flamenco instructor Lola (the Kinks' famous song of the same name -- about a she-male -- plays throughout the film and in the most bizarre of contexts), things get dicey. One drunken night, Lola and Hylnur get it on -- and Lola ends up pregnant. And guess what: Mom and Lola want to keep their baby.

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