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Actors: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle, Per Christensen
Director: Petter Næss
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2002     1hr 29min

This Norwegian comedy (nominated for an Academy Award®) concerns two men being released from a state home. Until the death of his mother, Elling rarely left the apartment where they lived; Kjell has lived in institutions m...  more »


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Actors: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle, Per Christensen
Director: Petter Næss
Creators: Svein Krøvel, Inge-Lise Langfeldt, Dag Alveberg, Ivar Køhn, Axel Hellstenius, Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Larry Stuckey
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/19/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Norwegian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Sure... go ahead, ask your buddy to remove his underwear for
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 01/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Norwegian film received a Academy Award nomination, but its competition was the feel good French movie Amelie. But the 2001 Oscar went to No Man's Land from Bosnia and Herzevogina. The casting for Elling, along with the acting and concept are brilliant. It is rare when so many oddball moments are packed into one film, but this sure has its fill. The pace moves along well.

Th premise of this entertaining and very humorous film is for two quirky roommates are released from an institution to now forge for themselves with help of government funding. Elling (Per Christian Ellefsen) is a 40ish anxiety filled mama's boy. He clearly lived under his mother's thumb, never doing anything on his own. Then, she dies and he is sent away to the institution where he meets Kjell Bjarne (Sven Nordin) who is sex-obsessed and rather a simpleton of a big guy.

It is from here with the help of social worker Frank Asli to guide and teach them a few things on life outside the institution. Elling is fearful of stepping into the world including using a phone. Kjell has experience with a phone sex business. The film is filled with so many escapades, it comprises of so many emotional moments, mainly being very funny. What we learn as the film goes along is that the men clearly have talent in their own right.

I have to reveal a most funny segment is when Kjell intends to have sex with the pregnant girl, but his state of cleanliness poses him to question. Kjell asks Elling if he could borrow his underwear. The underwear is removed, exchanges hands and Sven washes up in the lake and all is well! Another fun Norwegian film is Kitchen Stories ....Rizzo