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260 Ratings


Directed by Petter Næss
Norway, 2001
Drama, Comedy


40-year-old Elling, sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution when his mother, who has sheltered him his entire life, dies. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin, also in his 40s.

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Elling Directed by Petter Næss

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Youth Jury Award

2001 | Special Mention: Best New Director

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