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Elling (2001)

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... See full summary »

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Petter Næss

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Per Christian Ellefsen ... Elling
Sven Nordin Sven Nordin ... Kjell Bjarne
Marit Pia Jacobsen Marit Pia Jacobsen ... Reidun Nordsletten
Jørgen Langhelle ... Frank Åsli
Per Christensen Per Christensen ... Alfons Jørgensen
Hilde Olausson Hilde Olausson ... Gunn
Ola Otnes Ola Otnes ... Hauger
Eli Anne Linnestad Eli Anne Linnestad ... Johanne (as Eli-Anne Linnestad)
Cecilie A. Mosli Cecilie A. Mosli ... Cecilie Kornes (as Cecilie Mosli)
Joachim Rafaelsen Joachim Rafaelsen ... Haakon Willum
Per Gørvell Per Gørvell ... Eriksen (as Per Gørvel)
Knud Dahl Knud Dahl ... Servitør på bar
Knut Haugmark Knut Haugmark ... Stasjonsbetjent
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

16 March 2001 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Brødre i blodet See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK 15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,606, 2 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$313,436, 6 October 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Maipo Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

[Elling is about to order two train tickets to Oslo]
Train ticket salesman: Yes?
Elling: 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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Connections

Remade as Elliot See more »

Soundtracks

Our Time
The Real Thing
(P. Wagnberg)
(c) 1997 Real Records
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An entertaining movie about two insane persons trying to live a normal life
23 March 2001 | by Kristian_HammervikSee all my reviews

I quite liked this movie because it gives a good characterisation of two socially insane people trying to live a normal life in their own flat after they have been locked up in a institution the last two years. Per Christian Ellefsen is very good as the prudish old maid Elling, and Sven Nordin also made me laugh several times as Elling's friend Kjell-Bjarne who is crazy about women. Elling himself discovers after a while that he is a poet, and starts to write poems which he lays in packets of sour cabbage and he then places the packages back in the store, waiting for someone to buy them.

Some of the most funny scenes in this movies is to see how this crazy persons try to deal with situations which normal persons do not think twice about, but these two persons have two battle with themselves to manage an easy thing as answering a phone call.

However, both Elling and his friend Kjell-Bjarne both reach their goals at the end, Kjell-Bjarne gets himself a woman, and someone reads one of Elling's poems.

I considered this movie to be very funny when I saw it, and I certainly hope that someone will make a sequel two it. I have not yet read any of Ingvar Ambjørnsens books about Elling, but maybe I will do so in the future. However, "Elling" is an entertaining movie which mentions serious problems in a humorous way. I will recommend it for everyone who does not need to see braindead action-movies, and I also hope that this movie will be welcomed be foreign critics. This movie does certainly deserve to be shown in other countries than Norway!


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