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|Two misfits trying to find their way in the world. Elling and his best friend kjell are given their own apartment in oslo. The two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up unlikely friendships in the strangest places.|
"Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy drama. Bill Gallo, New Times
"...a graceful, heartfelt treat. Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Blessed with two fine, nuanced lead performances. Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Laugh-out-loud funny. New York Daily News
Editor's NoteElling (Per Christian Ellefsen) is a neurotic middle-aged man who has led an extremely sheltered life and is institutionalized after his mother's death triggers a nervous breakdown. Upon being discharged, he is given a flat in Oslo to share with his friend and fellow patient Kjell Bjarne (Sven Nordin), a food-loving would-be womanizer whose loutish behavior occasionally proves taxing to the fastidious Elling. At first both men are paralyzed by separation anxiety and fear of the outside world, and simple tasks like grocery shopping or making a phone call present major challenges. Once Kjell Bjarne decides to venture beyond the confines of their home, however, his unlikely infatuation with a lonely pregnant woman (Marit Pia Jacobsen) causes a rift between the two friends, prompting Elling to start forging social contacts and seek a calling of his own.Without delving deeply into the clinical aspects of mental illness, this lighthearted comedy presents a convincing and utterly sympathetic portrait of socially challenged people coping with everyday situations. The movie was a huge box office hit in its native Norway and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film of 2001.
Cast & Crew
|Marit Pia Jacobsen|
|Per Christian Ellefsen|
|Ingvar Ambjornsen - Based On Novel By|
|Svein Krovel - Cinematographer|
|Petter Naess - Director|
|Inge-Lise Langfeldt - Editor|
|Lars Lillo-Stenberg - Musical Score|
|Dag Alveberg - Producer|
|Axel Hellstenius - Screenplay|
|, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Flm|