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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
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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:

NOK15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,606, 2 June 2002

Gross USA:

$314,729

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,042,190
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sven Nordin who played one of the leading roles in this movie gained 25 pounds to fit the character he was playing. See more »

Quotes

Elling: I'll just walk the streets for a few hours. Be a walking target for random violence.
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Connections

Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Glade Jul
Sølveguttene
(Fr. Grueber, bearbeidelse Per Stenberg)
(c) Sølveguttene - Torstein Grythe
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An Extremely Enjoyable Film
1 June 2004 | by mystfan00See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best films from Norway that I've ever seen. OK, so it's the first film from Norway that I've ever seen, but it is a great movie. Very uplifting and heartwarming, yet the characters are very interesting and believable unlike many movies out there these days. And a quick reply to Andrés M. Rais who felt that this movie was "feel-good propaganda". Sorry if life isn't always great, in fact most of the time it just plain sucks. But that is why we watch movies. If you go into every movie expecting bad endings and horrible things to happen all the time, because that is how you feel life is, you need to re-examine your view on life (maybe get some Prozac too). Go rent a documentary about genocide, famine, and global warming, and keep your negative comments to yourself please. Almost every other comment on this site has been positive, so if you are trying to decide whether or not to watch this movie, just ignore Andrés.

BTW: If you liked the movie Amelie, you will probably like this movie (also, if you liked this movie, you will probably like Amelie :).


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