Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.
112 min, Germany:118 min (Berlin Film Festival), Italy:118 min, USA:118 min (Telluride Film Festival), USA:97 min (DVD version)
1.66 : 1
Rated R for language and some sexuality.
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Danish, Italian, English
Hotel, Restaurant, Denmark, Minister, Widower
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Italian for Beginners (Danish: Italiensk for begyndere) is a 2000 Danish romantic comedy film written and directed by Lone Scherfig. The film stars Anders W. Berthelsen, Lars Kaalund and Peter Gantzler. The film was made by the austere principles of the Dogme 95 movement, including the use of hand held video cameras and natural lighting, and is known as Dogme XII. However, in contrast to most Dogme films which are harsh and serious in tone, Italian for Beginners is a light-hearted comedy. Made on a low budget of $600,000, the film ranks as the most profitable Scandinavian film in history.
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