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When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend with the hope they will be able to live on their own. Initially, the simple act of going around the corner for groceries is a challenge. Through a friendship born of desperate dependence, the skittish Elling and the boisterous, would-be lover of women, Kjell Bjarne, discover they can not only survive on the outside, they can thrive. But as their courage grows, the two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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They're packed and ready for the greatest adventure of their lives. All they have to do is get out of the house.

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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16 March 2001 (Norway)  »

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Brødre i blodet  »

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NOK 15,500,000 (estimated)

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$9,606 (USA) (31 May 2002)

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$313,436 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Sven Nordin who played one of the leading roles in this movie gained 25 pounds to fit the character he was playing. See more »

Quotes

[Ticket ordering continued]
Train ticket salesman: That'll be 130 kroner per ticket.
Elling: 130 kroner? The last time mother and I took the train to Larvik the ticket cost 25.
Train ticket salesman: That must have been about 30 years ago.
Elling: Yes
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Followed by Mother's Elling (2003) See more »

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Tenkte På Det
Lars Lillo-Stenberg
(L. Lillo Stenberg)
2001 Universal Music Publishing
(c) 2001 Lars Lillo-Stenberg
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A beautiful, moving, funny, and heartwarming film
19 July 2002 | by (St Ives, Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

For me, this is one of the real highlight's of the Cambridge Film Festival 2002. A beautiful, moving, funny, and heartwarming film that manages to avoid any cheap sentimentality. Elling is a middle-aged man who once lived an isolated existence with his mother, but is taken into an institution when his mother dies. The film follows his progress in coming to terms with the world. Per Christian Ellefsen gives a stunning performance as Elling. A must see movie.


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