Italian For Beginners (Italiensk For Begyndere)


(out of 5)

Irresistible romantic comedy made under the strictures of the Dogma film code but just as effective, if not more so, at creating the “feel-good” atmosphere that we’re used to from Hollywood. A wide variety of characters, including a timid hotel manager, a fiery-tempered but sexy restaurateur, a passionate hairdresser, a repressed pastry chef and more all cross paths when they decide to take an Italian language course and inadvertently step into a romantic mess that is a delight to straighten out. The naturalistic lighting, digital video photography and undetectable performances only enhance the experience, making you wish that so-called “reality” television were more like this.

Denmark/Sweden, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Lone Scherfig

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Berlin 2001, TIFF 2001

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Berlin Film Festival Award
Jury Prize

European Film Award Nomination
Best European Film

Goya Award Nomination
Best European Film



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