Norway's highest grossing film Elling, a winning Odd Couple buddy comedy with an interesting twist: Felix and Oscar's Norse counterparts are both outpatients from a state-run mental health facility, premieres in Geneva at the Smith Opera House this Thursday.
Based on a popular series of stories by the Norwegian novelist Ingvar Ambjørnsen, this film is filled with humorous observations about the general absurdity of modern life as seen through the eyes of outsiders, but deftly manages to avoid many of the condescending stereotypes that so often plague films dealing with the mentally ill.
Elling earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film of 2001.
Elling will be screened September 26, 27 and 29. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Running time is 1 hour, 29 minutes. In Norwegian with subtitles, it is rated R for language and some sexual content. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3.