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Italian for Beginners (2000)

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Original title: Italiensk for begyndere

Release Date
• USA: Oct 18, 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 15, 2002

Official Website:
Italian for Beginners Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and some sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country Denmark | Sweden

Production Companies
Danmarks Radio (DR), Det Danske Filminstitut, Zentropa Entertainments

Studio Danish Film Institute, Danish Radio-TV, Zentropa

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Other Titles
• Italian for Beginners
• Italiensk for begyndere (2000)
• Dogme # 12 - Italiensk for begyndere
• Dogme LS

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Genre: Comedy, Experimental, Love, Culture Clash

Tagline: Asistencia Opcional. Pasión Requerida. (Attendance Optional. Passion Required)

Plot: In this beautiful, understated film, every character possesses a naive, heartbreaking honesty and every line communicates the sweet simplicity of basic human longing. From Danish director Lone Scherfig (ON OUR OWN), ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS uses natural lighting, muted cinematography, and a partially improvised script--falling into the Dogme 95 genre. The film is not about learning Italian, though the film's six thirtysomething characters all meet each other through an Italian class at the community center in their quiet, rainy town. The film is about real life and hardship and hope. A nurturing hair stylist, a clumsy bakery clerk, a committed pastor, a foulmouthed waiter, a friendly hotel manager, and a lonely waitress all struggle with the banality of daily life, while dealing with their own unique challenges. But as they begin to reveal themselves and their problems to each other, they form a bond and a network that is both a safety net and a new reason to live.

This film screened in September 2001 as part of the 39th New York Film Festival, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.

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 Directed by
Lone Scherfig
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 Written by
Lone Scherfig
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Anders W. Berthelsen
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Peter Gantzler
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Karen-Lise Mynster
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Bent Mejding
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