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Elling Movie Review Summary

Actors: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin

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ELLING has been called a Norwegian version of THE ODD COUPLE. The title character is a recluse who goes crazy after the death of his mother. He's committed to a mental hospital where he rooms with Kjell, a large man with huge appetites (for food and sex) who can't seem to control his emotional outbursts. After a period of therapy, the two of them are allowed to leave, with one proviso. They have to live together (in a state-provided apartment) and help each other acclimate to society.
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This is easier said than done. Elling is an indecisive man who has trouble finding his way to a restaurant bathroom, and the oafish Kjell lunges after anyone in a skirt. Eventually, though, both men become more socialized, thanks to their interactions with a needy pregnant neighbor.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr



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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   adults acting eccentric Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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