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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.

Specifications

Studio First Look Pictures
SKU 40174108
UPC 687797980090
UPC 14 00687797980090
Format DVD
Release Date 7/22/2003
Rating Rating
Keywords
Mental Illness
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Elling (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.
Reviews
New York Times "...Good-natured....Gentle....It offers flickering reminders of the ties that bind us..." 05/29/2002 p.E5
Los Angeles Times "...Sentimental in the best sense, in that it celebrates life's possibilities with equal parts sweetness and humor....Witty and sophisticated..." 09/06/2002 p.C9
Sight and Sound "...An eccentric buddy movie. The results are both charming and comic..." 03/01/2003 p.38-9
Directors
Peter Naess
Actors
Sven Nordin
Per Christian Ellefsen
Cast & Crew
Jorgen Langhelle - Actor
Sven Nordin - Actor
Marit Pia Jacobsen - Actor
Per Christian Ellefsen - Actor
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 98009
UPC 00687797980090
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 89 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Norwegian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Norwegian
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Awards
Oscar (2002) , Nominee, Best Foreign Language Flm
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...It's the kind of story that in the wrong hands would be cloying and cornball, but director Petter Naess has the right hands. He gives the movie edge and darkness, is unsentimental about mental illness, makes his heroes into men instead of pets, and still manages to find a happy ending.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Nordin,Sven
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ...a big-hearted audience pleaser.
Bill Gallo, New Times Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy drama.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times ...a graceful, heartfelt treat.
Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle Blessed with two fine, nuanced lead performances.
New York Daily News Laugh-out-loud funny.

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