"Love Me Tomorrow," the third installment in the Norwegian franchise centered around ex-mental patient Elling (Per Christian Ellefsen), takes a creepy, unpleasant turn when Elling starts stalking a hot-dog vendor. This reunion of the character and the first "Elling" pic's helmer Petter Naess found lots of love from local auds after its September '05 bow, but it looks poised to generate the same amount of indifference offshore as its predecessor, "Mother's Elling."

“Love Me Tomorrow,” the third installment in the Norwegian franchise centered around ex-mental patient Elling (Per Christian Ellefsen), takes a creepy, unpleasant turn when Elling starts stalking a hot-dog vendor. This reunion of the character and the first “Elling” pic’s helmer Petter Naess found lots of love from local auds after its September ’05 bow, but it looks poised to generate the same amount of indifference offshore as its predecessor, “Mother’s Elling.”

Where “Mother’s” flashed back to Elling’s pre-hospital years, “Love” unfolds soon after the events depicted in “Elling.” Normally fusspot protag has become a literal mess following the marriage of his buddy Kjell Bjarne (Sven Nordin), who has moved out of their shared digs to live upstairs with his wife (Marit Pia Jacobsen) and kid. Lonely Elling develops a crush on pretty, much younger wiener-merchant Elise (Marian Saastad Ottesen), but she tries to set him up with her UFO-obsessed mother (Kjersti Holmen). Pic’s mild comedy of manners, especially Elling’s eccentric habits, has a dark edge but much less of the sweetness which made first pic so winning. Tech package is just adequate.

Love Me Tomorrow

Norway

Production

A Maipo Film & TV production. (International sales: Trust Film, Copenhagen, Denmark.) Produced by Dag Alveberg. Directed by Petter Naess. Screenplay, Ase Vikene, based on a novel by Ingvar Ambjornsen.

Crew

Camera (color), Marius Johansen Hansen; editor, Inge-Lise Langfeld; music, Lars Lillo-Stenberg, Stein Berge Svendsen; production designer, Harald Egede-Nissen; costume designer, Aslaug Konradsdottir. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival (Nordic Event), Feb. 2, 2006. (Also in Berlin Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Kjersti Holmen, Per Christensen.

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