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Subject: List of films featuring mental disorders, Jørgen Langhelle, Cinema of Norway, Films directed by Petter Næss, Ingvar Ambjørnsen
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Norwegian theatrical poster
Directed by Petter Næss
Written by Ingvar Ambjørnsen (novel Brødre i blodet)
Axel Hellstenius
Starring Per Christian Ellefsen
Sven Nordin
Music by Lars Lillo-Stenberg
Cinematography Svein Krøvel
Edited by Inge-Lise Langfeldt
  • 16 March 2001 (2001-03-16) (Norway)
  • 19 April 2002 (2002-04-19) (U.S.)
89 min.
Country Norway
Language Norwegian

Elling is a Norwegian film directed by Mors Elling (2003), and a sequel, Elsk meg i morgen (2005) based on the fourth and last book in the series.


  • Plot 1
  • International 2
  • Awards 3
  • Characters 4


The movie deals with the main character, Elling, a man with generalized anxiety in his 40s, and his struggle to function normally in society. He suffers from anxiety, dizziness, and neurotic tendencies, preventing him from living on his own. Elling has lived with his mother for his entire life, and when his mother dies, the authorities take him from the apartment where he has always lived and send him to an institution. His roommate is the simpleminded, sex-obsessed Kjell Bjarne. The Norwegian government pays for the two to move into an apartment in Oslo, where every day is a challenge as they must prove they can get out into the real world and lead relatively normal lives. With the help of social worker Frank and a few new friends, they learn to break free from their respective conditions.


Elling has been released in several languages and has also received one Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.


In addition, the film was nominated and won several other awards all over the world.


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