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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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Taglines:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Followed by Mors Elling (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Suite nr.2
Vilde Frang Bjærke, violin and Pål Størset, piano
(T. Groven Holmboe)
(c) 2000 Tove Groven Holmboe
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A beautiful, moving, funny, and heartwarming film
19 July 2002 | by mob61ukSee 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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