Elling

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Overview

Petter Naess' drama Elling comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The soundtrack is rendered in the original Norwegian, but English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from First Look that should be worthwhile for anyone who has an interest in films made far away from the Hollywood mainstream.
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Overview

Petter Naess' drama Elling comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The soundtrack is rendered in the original Norwegian, but English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from First Look that should be worthwhile for anyone who has an interest in films made far away from the Hollywood mainstream.
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Special Features

Scene selections; Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
There have probably been too many films made about lovable crazies turned loose on the world, but Petter Naess' Elling is still a refreshingly good-natured comedy-drama about two mental patients trying to adjust to life in the outside world. Naess and screenwriter Axel Hellstenius adapted the script from Hellstenius' play, which was itself adapted from Ingvar Ambjornsen's best-selling Norwegian novel. Per Christian Ellefsen, who plays the extremely phobic title character, and Sven Nordin, who plays Kjell Bjarne, Elling's roommate, and resembles a hulking Scandinavian version of Gérard Depardieu, both played their parts on-stage. Their long-term familiarity with the characters and material may be what gives their performances and the relationship between their characters such a warm, lived-in feel. At times, Elling and Kjell threaten to become a bit too cute and cuddly (one can imagine Robin Williams playing Elling in the Hollywood remake), but Naess and Hellstenius leave them with just enough rough edges to suspend belief. They're aided by Ellefsen's appropriately brittle performance (particularly in his inappropriately possessive feelings toward those he cares about) and by Nordin, who tempers Kjell's gruff likeability by allowing us to see glimpses of a violent rage simmering beneath the surface.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • UPC: 687797980090
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,932

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Per Christian Ellefsen Elling
Sven Nordin Kjell Bjarne
Per Christensen Alfons Jorgensen
Jørgen Langhelle Frank Asli
Marit Pia Jacobsen Reidun Nordsletten
Hilde Olausson Gunn
Ola Otnes Hauger
Eli Anne Linnestad Johanne
Cecilie Mosli Cecilie Kornes
Joachim Rafaelson Haakon Willum
Per Gorvel Erikson
Technical Credits
Petter Næss Director
Dag Alveberg Producer
Axel Hellstenius Screenwriter
Lars Lillo Stenberg Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hidden Away [2:05]
2. Meet Kjell Bjarne [5:50]
3. Welfare Housing [1:49]
4. Off to the Store [3:03]
5. Answer the Phone [5:09]
6. Sex Talk [3:36]
7. Pork & Gravy [6:08]
8. Cultural Center [1:09]
9. Merry Christmas [7:49]
10. Good Morning [5:28]
11. Poetry Meeting [6:49]
12. Talking to Strangers [5:57]
13. Helping Friends [4:37]
14. Jorensen's House [6:33]
15. Pass the Word [1:50]
16. Buick Repair [2:36]
17. Cabin Trip [5:52]
18. Kjell Cleans Up [3:07]
19. We're Having a Baby! [2:22]
20. It's a Girl [2:12]
21. The Aftermath [1:50]
22. End Credits [2:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Trailers
      Elling
      Bark
      Faithless
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A 'Better Than Even Expected' movie...!

    I purchased this movie blindly - never have even hearing of it before and interested in foreign films, I was exceptionally pleased with this one from the start! It pulls you in and you can't help but feel you are right there in the room with the characters. I felt like I really got to know each person in the movie - a true connection! I highly recommend seeing this if you have a soft-spot anywhere in your heart...good, raw humor...sensitive situations and good, old-fashioned real life made this film a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thoroughly enjoyable!

    A wonderful, endearing film that will make you feel good. Great characters and well acted. A real treat!

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