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Elling (2002)

Director: Peter Naess     Starring: Sven Nordin Per Christian Ellefsen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40174108
UPC: 687797980090
UPC 14: 00687797980090
Category Keywords: Mental Illness  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
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.

"...a big-hearted audience pleaser.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Look Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/22/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 89 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 98009
Video UPC UPC: 00687797980090
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Norwegian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Norwegian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jorgen Langhelle
Video Cast Info Sven Nordin
Video Cast Info Marit Pia Jacobsen
Video Cast Info Per Christian Ellefsen
Video Cast Info Ingvar Ambjornsen - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Svein Krovel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Petter Naess - Director
Video Cast Info Inge-Lise Langfeldt - Editor
Video Cast Info Lars Lillo-Stenberg - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Dag Alveberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Axel Hellstenius - Screenplay


Oscar (2002)
   Video Award Name , Nominee, Best Foreign Language Flm

Professional 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

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
...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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Nordin,Sven
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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