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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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Cast

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Anders W. Berthelsen ...
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Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ...
Karen
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Lars Kaalund ...
Sara Indrio Jensen ...
Karen-Lise Mynster ...
Kirsten, the real estate dealer
Rikke Wölck ...
Lise, the nurse
Elsebeth Steentoft ...
Bent Mejding ...
Reverend Wredmann
Lene Tiemroth ...
Karen's Mother
Claus Gerving ...
Klaus Graversen
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Olympia's Father
Merete Voldstedlund ...
Andreas' mother (scenes deleted)
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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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Opening Weekend:

$52,536 (USA) (18 January 2002)

Gross:

$4,447,186 (USA) (5 July 2002)
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The tennis match we see on TV is an archive footage showing Swiss player Martina Hingis vs. Spanish player Conchita Martínez. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Olympia's Father: That sounds disgusting.
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Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

O sole mio
(1898)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
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More is Less. . . and Less can be More
14 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Slightly too fast paced for the extensive subtitles, Italiensk for begyndere can be watched and enjoyed even if you do not understand a word of the dialog. In an audience of "English only speakers" over two thirds of those present were unable to keep up with the subtitles-- but all present enjoyed it. The writing was superb, the acting wonderful, and the overall product well suited to the dogme95 concept. Even so, it would have worked as well (if not better) as a standard production. I'm almost afraid to say it, but I expect an American remake before long-- in spirit if not in word for word translation.

See it in the theater, then enjoy talking it over with the rest of the audience, or wait until it comes out on DVD and invite a least a dozen people over for critical mass viewing.


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