Elling

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Released 2001

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Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Elling is a 2001 dramedy directed by Petter N''ss. Elling (Per Christian Ellefsen) has always lived an unconventional life. Elling suffers from a mix of debilitating conditions, from dizziness to extreme neuroticism. Unable to face the outside world, Elling stays a recluse until he reaches his 40s and his last remaining parent dies, meaning that Elling has to go and live in a state home to learn the skills he should have mastered long ago. Although he does not expect to enjoy his time at the home, Kjell (Sven Nordin) strikes up a friendship with the depressive man and Elling surprisingly reciprocates. Kjell is a little less smart than Elling, but he is also loud, brash and obsessed with sex. After they complete several years under the watchful eye of their social workers, the two unusual friends have to face one of the biggest challenges of their lives: living in an apartment, going shopping, looking for work and just getting by.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

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

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Elling believes so fervently in humanity that it feels almost anachronistic, and it is too cute by half. But arriving at a particularly dark moment in history, it offers flickering...

  • 80

    Variety

    A darkly funny, very human comedy.

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