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Italiensk for begyndere (2000)

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.

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Lise, the nurse
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Reverend Wredmann
Lene Tiemroth ...
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Klaus Graversen
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Merete Voldstedlund ...
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Leif (scenes deleted)
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A young minister, a widower, is temporarily assigned to a church whose suspended pastor drove parishioners away; he stays at a hotel where he meets Jørgen, who's alone approaching middle age. Jørgen's friend Finn, a temperamental restaurant manager, may be about to be fired. Finn's assistant is Giulia, a lovely young Italian who prays for a husband. Olympia, a clumsy bakery clerk, has an ornery father; Karen, a hairdresser, has a mother who is very ill. The paths of these six characters cross at church, in the restaurant, at the hotel, and at an Italian class at the local adult school. Loneliness, grief, solace, romance, and love may meet 'nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita.' Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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10 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DKK 4,563,271 (Denmark), 15 December 2000

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,047, 20 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,447,186, 7 July 2002
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In May 2010 it was revealed that Zentropa Productions officially acknowledged plot similarities to Maeve Binchy's novel "Evening Class". Writer-director Lone Scherfig 'borrowed' part of her plot from the Irish novel without giving any credit to the original author. Binchy was not credited in the original release of the film as Zentropa had determined they were not in breach of copyright, but after Binchy's representatives approached them they paid a non-disclosed compensation and added a credit for her in later releases. See more »

Goofs

When Karen turns the dial of the IV, she reduces the dose instead of increasing it. See more »

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Olympia's Father: That sounds disgusting.
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References Taxa (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

O sole mio
(1898)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
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One fine romantic comedy
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding romantic comedies at the beginning of the decade. A Dogma 95 film, this movie exemplifies the challenges put up by the group of film makers that created Dogma 95 in Copenhagen. DOGMA 95 counters the individual film by the principle of presenting an indisputable set of rules known as THE VOW OF CHASTITY. The rules (10 in all) include principles such as: shooting must be done on location (scenes in Venezia) and on a sound stage used to rehearse Sound of Music--an auditorium where the Italian classes are held. Music should not be used unless it occurs where hte scene is being shot (how refreshing not to have Hollywood scores interrupting the natural sound). Hand-held camera-- this produces a feeling that you are doing the filming yourself. I felt that when Andreas was swimming in the hotel pool. Special lighting is not acceptable -- again the auditorium and the lights. Or the restaurant lighting. The characters in this movie are so real one feels you have met them before. You can read the plot elsewhere if you haven't seen this movie. There are pairings in this movie that show romance at its best -- forgiveness for the foible (Olympia was probably born with fetal alcohol syndrome-- Andreas understands this and near the end when he suggests she sing in the church choir, he suggests they prepare for her falling over into the pews. Giulia's budding love for Jorgen Mortensen is a treat -- little prayers in the kitchen -- and rehearsal for the big moments. This movie even treats impotence with the gentleness and humor and understanding that the best of life can deal. Perhaps most erotic is the scene where Karen washes Hal-Finn's hair in her salon -- ummmm! Not enough can be said about this movie. So to cut it short -- go see it -- watch it several times. A magical experience awaits -- where real people with real foibles find real connection.


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