Elling is a Norwegian film based on the novel of the same name by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, which on the new book shelf at BHPL. But if you'd like to watch the film, a comedy with English subtitles, please join us tomorrow, December 20 at 7 p.m. for a free viewing.
Take one timid, neurotic would-be poet afraid of facing the world; add a burly, not-very-bright womanizing roommate and you have the definitive odd couple. Elling and Bjarne, both recently discharged from a state institution, figure their best chance of making it on the outside is to share a flat. This bittersweetly comic portrait of socially challenged people trying to cope with everyday life became Norway’s top-grossing locally produced movie. It won the Lubeck Nordic Film Days award and was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture. The film is rated R.
To sample Elling's reviews from newspapers around the country, visit RottenTomatoes.com. Elling received 48 "fresh tomato" reviews and 9 rotten reviews on the critics tomatometer.