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  • 2003
  • Norway
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Petter Næss
  • Written by: Ingvar Ambjørnsen (novel Brødre i blodet), Axel Hellstenius
  • Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin
  • Language: Norwegian

'Elling' follows two middle-aged psychiatric patients, who are offered the opportunity to live by themselves in an Oslo apartment. The duo make for an odd-couple combination: the narrator, Elling (Ellefsen), is a self-styled 'mummy's boy'. By contrast, Kjell Bjarne (Nordin) is a lumbering bear of a man. Based on a best-selling novel and a hit play, 'Elling' is a gently good-natured fable, which cherishes the potential in people society is keen to dismiss. The comic mismatching feels slightly predictable, but it's effectively shot and solidly acted by its leads (in a reprise of their stage roles).

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