Elling (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Quirky without being overly cutesy, Elling is a gentle, warm comedy.


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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 … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Axel Hellstenius, Larry Stuckey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 2002
Box Office: $63.2k
Runtime:
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Cast


as Kjell Bjarne

as Reidun Nordsletten

as Frank Asli

as Alfons Jorgensen

as Hauger

as Cecilie Kornes

as Haakon Willum

as Erikson

as Eriksen

as Waiter at Bar
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Critic Reviews for Elling

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (24)

It's affectionate and optimistic without being fuzzy.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A charming but slight comedy.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Elling, portrayed with quiet fastidiousness by Per Christian Ellefsen, is a truly singular character, one whose frailties are only slightly magnified versions of the ones that vex nearly everyone.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Touches smartly and wistfully on a number of themes, not least the notion that the marginal members of society ... might benefit from a helping hand and a friendly kick in the pants.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It is refreshingly undogmatic about its characters.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A witty and sophisticated sensibility brings individuality to the classic odd-couple comedy.

Full Review… | September 5, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Elling

I am really amazed at how much I liked this movie. At first I had my doubts, but then I just found myself unable to turn it off. These two guys were a hoot! I like how it all turned out. Very nice.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Touching and delightful!

Two middle-aged, mentally challenged men team up to live as roommates in urban Oslo. Somehow , their odd, symbiotic relationship allows them to cope with the day-to-day challenges of independent living. Even though their methods might be peculiar, the results are frequently hilarious and sometimes inspirational.

Thank you Norway for this wonderful gem of a film.

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

½

As Monk says, no friendship is perfect. A kind, quirky, and quiet look at friendship and mental illness. Long live the Sauerkraut Poet!

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Lanning : )

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