After a two-year stint at Brøynes Treatment Center, Elling and his somewhat denser roommate, Kjell Bjarne, return to the so-called real world. The mismatched pair are discharged from the psychiatric hospital and given an apartment in Oslo in an attempt to get them to behave like responsible citizens.
For someone who finds crossing a restaurant floor comparable to a South Pole expedition, and for whom going round the corner for groceries holds untold terrors, Ellings new life involves a number of challenges that need surmounting.
With impressive willpower, Elling and Kjell Bjarnes confidence grows and they find unusual ways to cope with society. The pair dodder down some unfamiliar roads, striking up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places. And when Kjell Bjarne meets a woman, and Norwegian contemporary poetry makes Elling vomit, situations occur where lifes frightened boys are forced to give it all theyve got and then some.
Elling is a humorous and warm story about venturing into
life. Funny without being insensitive and moving without being sentimental,
the film is a celebration of an enduring, oddball friendship.
The film is based on Ingvar Ambjørnsens bestseller
Brødre i blodet (Blood Brothers).