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Elling -- Based on the best selling Norwegian novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Elling is a slyly funny odd couple comedy about two misfits trying to find their place in the world.


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Release Date:
16 March 2001 (Norway) See more »
They're packed and ready for the greatest adventure of their lives. All they have to do is get out of the house.
When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Impressive stuff about madness many of us are familiar with.. See more (95 total) »


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Per Christian Ellefsen ... Elling
Sven Nordin ... Kjell Bjarne
Marit Pia Jacobsen ... Reidun Nordsletten

Jørgen Langhelle ... Frank Åsli
Per Christensen ... Alfons Jørgensen
Hilde Olausson ... Gunn
Ola Otnes ... Hauger
Eli Anne Linnestad ... Johanne (as Eli-Anne Linnestad)
Cecilie A. Mosli ... Cecilie Kornes (as Cecilie Mosli)
Joachim Rafaelsen ... Haakon Willum
Per Gørvell ... Eriksen (as Per Gørvel)
Knud Dahl ... Waiter at bar
Knut Haugmark ... Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sverre Horge ... Fyr på nabobordet på flesk og duppe-restaurant (uncredited)
Christin Smith ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Petter Næss 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingvar Ambjørnsen  novel "Brødre i blodet"
Axel Hellstenius 
Larry Stuckey 

Produced by
Dag Alveberg .... producer
Ivar Køhn .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Lars Lillo-Stenberg 
Cinematography by
Svein Krøvel 
Film Editing by
Inge-Lise Langfeldt 
Casting by
Jannecke Bervel 
Harald Dal 
Production Design by
Jan Sundberg 
Art Direction by
Harald Egede-Nissen 
Costume Design by
Aslaug Konradsdottir 
Makeup Department
Cecilie Greve .... key makeup artist
Cecilie Greve .... makeup designer
Production Management
Synnøve Hørsdal .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Binne Thoresen .... assistant director
Ingebjørg Tale Weiss .... assistant director (as Tali Weiss)
Art Department
Torbjørn Adelgren .... carpenter
Martin Andersen .... set dresser
Lars Erik Gurholt .... carpenter
Rolf Kise .... carpenter
Anders Lunde .... property master
Lars-Roger Lundh .... assistant property master
Geir Opheim .... construction manager
Jens Petter Svensrud .... carpenter
Karen Søndrol .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Arne Hansen .... sound effects editor
Arne Hansen .... sound re-recording mixer
Svenn Jakobsen .... foley mixer
Jan Lindvik .... sound designer
Jan Lindvik .... sound editor
Gunnar W. Meidell .... sound re-recording mixer
Tomas Naug .... boom operator
Toby Price .... foley editor
Morten Solum .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Bente Santi Helle .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Arne Bakker .... lighting technician
John Barkovski .... grip
Anne Lise Flavik .... still photographer
Knut Haraldsen .... lighting technician
Ole Bjørn Johnsen .... grip
Bo Lundgren .... grip
Morten Magnussen .... key grip
Helge Jugo Rangen .... assistant camera (as Jugo Rangen)
Terje Rygg .... still photographer
Terje Røkke .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Silje Fjellberg .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Anders Aas .... assistant editor
Ann Karin Aasgaard .... negative cutter
Andrzej Kiwala .... color grader
Tony Spataro .... colorist
Music Department
Atle Karlsen .... music editor
Atle Karlsen .... music recordist
Other crew
Marle S. Bøhmer .... assistant location manager
Charles Curran .... production assistant
Madeleine Fant .... script supervisor
Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen .... coordinator
Ragna Lindboe .... production secretary
Tomas Løkke-Sørensen .... production assistant
Tove A. Mar .... production accountant
Kristin Selm Buflod .... production secretary
Tony Spataro .... davinci operator
Binne Thoresen .... location manager
Camilla Weedon .... caterer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Me, My Friend and I" - International (English title) (festival title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual content
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Spain:13 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Every scene from Elling's neighborhood were shot around Majorstuen, on Oslo's west side. The locations, such as the grocery store where he hides his poems in packages of sauerkraut, and the diner where they eat dinner are all very real places. Both in name and appearance the shop and diner look exactly the same today.See more »
[Elling is about to order two train tickets to Oslo]
Train ticket salesman:Yes?
Train ticket salesman:You're going to?
Elling:Yes, we! Kjell Bjarne and I are going to Oslo of course.
Train ticket salesman:One way?
Elling:There are more ways?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Impressive stuff about madness many of us are familiar with.., 8 June 2002
Author: MortenF from Stavanger, Norway

When I first saw this movie, I did not like it to much. That's because I had read all 4 books about the main character and somehow felt connected to him. 2nd time I saw this movie I changed my opinion. This movie is really good. Characters you have to love, struggling with all the inner demons most of us, at one time or another, are slightly familiar with. Elling & Kjell Bjarne are 2 people outside the world most of us live in, and they are struggling to get inside. And what a joyful struggle. I cheer the main characters, director, photo & music. Some flaws are present, but they are not big enough to ruin this movie. You should see it. The casting is so good that I have to question the fact that Hollywood are planning on making an american (sigh!) version. They can't do it, I know that for a fact already. These actors in the original movie ARE the characters. Impressive stuff.

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