DVD Elling (DVD 17581),
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  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
    • Rating - language and some sexual content
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FLP98009

  • Credits
    Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Per Christiansen, Jorgen Langhelle, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Hilde Olausson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Good-natured....Gentle....It offers flickering reminders of the ties that bind us..."
    New York Times

    "...Sentimental in the best sense, in that it celebrates life's possibilities with equal parts sweetness and humor....Witty and sophisticated..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...An eccentric buddy movie. The results are both charming and comic..."
    Sight and Sound

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