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.

Danmarks Radio, Det Danske Filminstitut, Zentropa Entertainments

Denmark/Sweden, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Lone Scherfig

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2001



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