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The Dogma 95 movement has seen some searing looks into the human condition but rarely a romantic comedy -- until now. Veteran Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig spins this deadpan look at a group of lovelorn outsiders living in a grey corner of Copenhagen. After the perennially foul-tempered minister of a local church is fired after doing great injury to the organist, Andreas moves to the area to take over the parish. Staying in a hotel until his predecessor can be wrested from the rectory, Andreas befriends the ...
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The Dogma 95 movement has seen some searing looks into the human condition but rarely a romantic comedy -- until now. Veteran Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig spins this deadpan look at a group of lovelorn outsiders living in a grey corner of Copenhagen. After the perennially foul-tempered minister of a local church is fired after doing great injury to the organist, Andreas moves to the area to take over the parish. Staying in a hotel until his predecessor can be wrested from the rectory, Andreas befriends the establishment's scatter-brained manager, Jørgen, who is utterly in love with a beautiful Italian barmaid working at a nearby pub run by Hal-Finn. When the irascible Hal-Finn is chastised by the bar's owner for his unkempt appearance, he goes to a local salon where he meets Karen, a comely hairdresser harried by her grasping mom. Meanwhile, Andreas falls for a lethally klutzy pastry shop assistant named Olympia. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A romance language sparks romantic encounters in Italian for Beginners, a quirky, lovable comedy from Danish director Lone Scherfig. Through taking Italian classes, a group of suburban Danes seek solace from personal loss and loneliness, and instead find camaraderie and love. Although shot according to the Dogme 95 "Vow of Chastity," Italian for Beginners distinguishes itself from earlier Dogme efforts by its light comic tone. It still stakes everything on character, and a superb and utterly likable ensemble makes this a successful strategy -- particularly Anders W. Berthelsen as the timid local pastor. Despite romantic themes and an ultimate trip to Venice, Italian for Beginners eschews conventions like declarations of love underscored by surging violins. Instead, the film's understated approach is typified by never moving beyond an amateurish piano rendition of a love theme from Puccini's La Bohème. This is romance at its charmingly awkward best, a beginner's course in love in which everyone makes the grade.
All Movie Guide - Sarah Sloboda
In a strange series of events, six people find themselves intermingling, while simultaneously, their lives begin to change for the better. Coincidence? Italian for Beginners does not presume to say, although it certainly makes a case for downplaying the cause-and-effect relationship. More about the effects, than of any particular cause, the film celebrates life's odd way of connecting people and one's ability to enjoy life more when there are people with whom one can celebrate. As the characters grow into complicated relations with one another, we see they are able to thrive as individuals once their lives have begun to intertwine. An overwhelming discussion of love exists in this film, although each love story is unique in its conditions, and the performances of which are executed with varying levels of passion. For instance, the love between the hairdresser and the jerk is incredibly sexual and intense, while the love between the pastor and the klutz is much more subtle and sweet. Perhaps the least explored example of love in this film exists between the beautiful Italian girl and the quiet older Jorgen Mortensen. While the passion, and even connection between the characters is less convincing, the idea is clearly the representation of a yet another, different kind of love. Also dealing with death in a realistic way, the film incorporates serious and contemplative life issues, while maintaining a lighthearted distance. In fact, it's the pastor who provides some of the film's best laughs. While stylistic decisions, including steadicam operation and choppy and erratic editing, detract slightly from an otherwise straightforward drama, there are some modern themes that date the film more specifically with the Dogme 95-inspired style of shooting and montage. Italian for Beginners provides a contemplative and subtle way of appreciating everyday triumphs and trials -- with the emphasis on triumphs.
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
A funny, relationship-driven ensemble piece that takes the chill out of the Danish winter with a snuggly blanket of humanism.
Washington Post
The result is that rarest of things -- a heartwarming love story that bears not a trace of cheap feeling or false emotion.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
A delicious and delicately funny look at the residents of a Copenhagen neighborhood coping with the befuddling complications life tosses at them.
San Francisco Chronicle
Scherfig, the writer-director, has made a film so unabashedly hopeful that it actually makes the heart soar.

A funny, relationship-driven ensemble piece that takes the chill out of the Danish winter with a snuggly blanket of humanism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • UPC: 096009778798
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anders W. Berthelsen Andreas
Peter Gantzler Jørgensen, Mortensen
Lars Kaalund Halvfinn
Karen-Lise Mynster Real Estate Dealer
Carlo Barsotti Marcello
Martin Brygmann Night School Teacher
Jesper Christensen Olympia's Father
Claus Gerving Klaus Graversen
Steen Svare Hansen Church Singer 2, Sports Man, Sports Man/ Church Singer 2
Sara Indrio Jensen Giulia
Ann Elenora Jørgensen Karen
Alex Nyborg Madsen Sports Man/ Church singer 1
Bent Mejding Wredmann, Reverend
Susanne Oldenburg Lady
Elsebeth Steentoft Kirketjener
Anette Støvelbæk Olympia
Lene Tiemroth Karen's Mother
Rikki Wölck Nurse
Technical Credits
Lone Scherfig Director, Screenwriter
Karen Bentzon Production Manager
Malin Birch-Jensen Consultant/advisor
Jorgen Johansson Cinematographer
Jette Lehmann Consultant/advisor
Mikael Olsen Consultant/advisor
Rune Palving Sound Editor
Ib Tardini Producer
Gerd Tjur Editor
Vinca Wiedemann Consultant/advisor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Italian for Beginners
1. Chapter 1 [9:59]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [9:59]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [4:50]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Fun

    This was a wonderful, sweet, funny, and charming film. The characters were so close I felt emotionally tied to each of them by the end, and their stories were bittersweet throughout, but definitely came together at the end for a great finale. Loved it, recommend it for anyone who likes romantic movies, or movies about humanity and the way we all feel at one time or another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well worth the wait!

    This film is a bit drawn out, but the final scenes are well worth the wait.

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