Film Study – Noi the Albino

Recently I saw 3 films by an Icelandic director Dagur Kári. His first feature film Noi Albinoi is absolutely fantastic. What is really great about it is the tempo. The main character decides what he wants after more than an hour into the film. The slow tempo is suddenly disrupted with turning points that just won’t stop. The dramatic tension slowly builds up and explodes in slow motion at the end. After the main character decides what he wants antagonist forces are just overwhelming – but on the other hand these forces are very understanding and helpful as they can be. Very original concept. The film is very metaphoric. There is no need to fear prison if you are already inside one. The real prison is the prison of the mind.