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Release Date:
8 December 2000 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
Asistencia Opcional. Pasión Requerida. (Attendance Optional. Passion Required) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
20 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dogma For Beginners See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Anders W. Berthelsen ... Andreas

Anette Støvelbæk ... Olympia

Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ... Karen
Peter Gantzler ... Jørgen Mortensen
Lars Kaalund ... Hal-Finn
Sara Indrio Jensen ... Giulia
Karen-Lise Mynster ... Kirsten, the real estate dealer
Rikke Wölck ... Lise, the nurse
Elsebeth Steentoft ... Kirketjener
Bent Mejding ... Reverend Wredmann
Lene Tiemroth ... Karen's Mother
Claus Gerving ... Klaus Graversen

Jesper Christensen ... Olympia's Father
Merete Voldstedlund ... Andreas' mother (scenes deleted)
Henning Jensen ... Leif (scenes deleted)
Carlo Barsotti ... Carlo
Alex Nyborg Madsen ... Sportsman / Church Singer 1
Steen Svare ... Sportsman / Church Singer 2 (as Steen Svare Hansen)
Susanne Oldenburg ... Lady
Martin Brygmann ... Night School Teacher
Alexander Noval
Matteo Valese ... Marcello, the Italian teacher
Armando Battiston
Silvio Zanon
Radu Zaplini
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Directed by
Lone Scherfig 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lone Scherfig 

Produced by
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Gert Duve Skovlund .... executive producer: Det Danske Filminstitut
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Marianne Moritzen .... executive producer: Danmarks Radio
Ib Tardini .... producer
Vinca Wiedemann .... executive producer: Det Danske Filminstitut
Lars von Trier .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jørgen Johansson 
 
Film Editing by
Gerd Tjur 
 
Production Management
William Knuttel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Niels Reiermann .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jette Lehmann .... production design consultant
 
Sound Department
Graham Edmondson .... dolby consultant
Mikkel Groos .... boom operator
Kasper Munck-Hansen .... sound assistant
Rune Palving .... sound editor
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Holm Deleurang .... focus puller (as Thomas Holm Christensen)
Lars Høgsted .... still photographer
Michael Tøt .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Nicola Minghetti .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Malin Birch-Jensen .... costume consultant
 
Editorial Department
Anne Katrine Andersen .... post-production coordinator
Helle Tang .... post-production assistant
 
Other crew
Troels Asmussen .... assistant to producer
Enrico Ballarin .... location manager
Helle Bønnelykke .... location assistant
Marco Cadò .... production assistant
Sarita Christensen .... production assistant
Silvia Donati .... production assistant
Anders Gadegaard .... consultant
William Knuttel .... location manager
Ingrid Kofoed .... production coordinator
Ann Køj .... production accountant
Charlotte Lange .... script supervisor (as Charlotte Lange Poulsen)
Niels Reiermann .... consultant
Jasper Veissman .... consultant
Ann Vognsen .... production accountant
Marco Zanon .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Italiensk for begyndere" - Denmark (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Runtime:
112 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin Film Festival) | Italy:118 min | USA:118 min (Telluride Film Festival) | USA:97 min (DVD version)
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Is the highest grossing Danish film ever, especially due to a successful run in the American cinemas.See more »
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Anachronisms: At the Christmas service, the congregation use the hymn book to sing "Barn Jesus i en krybbe lå". However, this song was not included in the hymn book of 1953 (which would be the one used in the movie) as it was not considered a 'proper' hymn until 2003, when it was included in the newest version of the hymn book.See more »
Quotes:
Olympia's Father:That sounds disgusting.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bodilfesten 2001 (2001) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
O sole mioSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Dogma For Beginners, 12 March 2002
Author: mmq007

This is a pleasant and entertaining little movie and it was fun seeing new faces and styles. The story is interesting and relevant. The people believable and charming. I enjoyed getting to know them as they got to know each other. the film employs a delicate approach to such topics as death, impotence, God and loneliness. I wasn't always enthralled. A couple of scenes dragged a bit and my attention began to wander. The woes and goals of some characters lacked originality. The situations have been depicted many times in many movies. None the less, I was never bored, never annoyed and did not feel slighted as the viewer.

An impressive cast and tight direction keep the show moving efficiently and provide a dependable vehicle for the delivery of the intended results in a satisfying manner.

What surprised me was the number of cinematic conventions incorporated into a project that reportedly meant to avoid them. I claim no authority on the Dogma 95 movement, but I understand they aspire to strip a movie of as many mainstream cliches as possible. Standard story elements and cinematography are not what the filmmakers wish to present.

One of the conventions they frown on is the artificial insertion of background music. Yet this movie does use such incidental music in one scene, in a very traditional format. It's even an old, familiar tune. Like "Rock Of Ages" at a funeral or "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" when we see Yankee Stadium. And for an approach expected to break with tradition, there is an awful lot of happily ever after in the resolutions to the various conflicts.

The average looking actors and the less than beautiful scenery add greatly to the believability. The fun they, and in turn, we have with it offsets any flaws in the production. But it's going to take more than a hand held camera and a Scandinavian accent to overcome 100 years of accepted film technique. But I enjoyed the show and if they keep trying, I'll keep watching.

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