|Starring:||Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jorgen Langhelle, Per Christensen, Hilde Olausson /, Hilde Olausson|
|Rental release:||15 Mar 2005|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Elling is a Norwegian, odd-couple comedy with a heartwarming, feel-good lift.
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Charming Thoughful TaleBy KChawgo from London , 21 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The story of two roommates in a mental institution who after two years are given a flat to live in and cope with the outside world is a charming, well thought through film.
The characters endear you to your heart and you can't help but care where the film is leading to. The subtitles are well done as they don't tear your eyes away from the action and everything is well handled.
If you are looking for a film along the lines of 'Pieces of April' and 'The Station Agent' give this a try. A real treat.
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ellingBy a customer from Gosport , 25 Nov 2008very good apparently 2 follow ups am going to try for now
Something UnusualBy a customer from Perth , 30 Oct 2008This made us laugh out loud at times
Scandinavian HumourBy Cato (774 reviews) from Lydbury North , 16 Oct 2008At times I was reminded of Father Ted and Dougal, at others of the Odd Couple, and even a bit of Minder in this pretty wacky comedy from Norway, which traces the rehabilitation of two psychiatric patients into the real life of surviving in an Oslo flat. The humorous episodes, and there are plenty of them, are pretty over the top, in a sometimes black Scandinavian way, and needless to say everything works out for the good in the end.
Care in the CommunityBy Bardolf (10 reviews) from Newcastle upon Tyne , 07 Sep 2008Two men, both seriously mentally ill but otherwise quite different, are let out of long term insititutional care into a halfway house. Their social worker is tough: if they can't cope in the community they will be sent back to hospital. That doesn't sound like a recipe for fun but really the pair are like Laurel and Hardy. One is a giant with huge carnal appetites, the other is a sensitive intellectual type. Funny and touching in equal measure and a marvellous tribute to people who are preoccupied with human values, rather than money and status.
Feelgood - Norwegian styleBy a customer from Caernarfon, Wales , 16 Aug 2008This is a film full of quirky and benevolent people and the two main figures are the quirkiest. It will delight those who love life and revel in its ironies and oddities. The only weakness is that there is no element of tragedy or fear to throw the comedy into relief. Don't expect the emotional and critical turning point that we have come to expect from the more formulaic Hollywood feelgood movies. The plight of the main characters just heads in one direction - upwards. The only bit of malevolent humour is directed at performance poets, and they deserve it. So just savour the understated and wry humour.