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Release Date:
10 May 2002 (USA) 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:
Nine Lovely People, No Villains! See more (87 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

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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Trivia:
Director Lone Scherfig has said that the positive effect of the Dogme 95 rules can be felt instantly in the writing process, specifically in the way you have to use your imagination to make a film work under their limitations.See more »
Goofs:
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 The Holiday (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Barn Jesus i en krybbe laSee more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Nine Lovely People, No Villains!, 24 January 2002

What a pleasure "Italian for Beginners" is. Each character is appealing as well as complex and recognizable. A new pastor, bereft after his wife's death, interacts with an assortment of people who by accident or stumbling and fumbling intent come together in overlapping relationships. Romance is in the air, deaths dislocate several of the characters' lives, comedic movements help all to cope with the vagaries of life.

Taking place mostly in Denmark (with a restaurant manager whose style convinces me that he must have done an internship in a New York City eatery), the story revolves around the central goal of learning Italian. Only one of the main characters is from Italy, a beautiful waitress with the clearest agenda of anyone in the film. After wrestling through a non-Berlitz approach to the language all head for Venice where hearts meet and fun reigns.

Dogma 95 certificate or not, this is a convincing, endearing, excellent film. By intent or otherwise, many scenes are shot with a slight jerkiness that adds to a viewer's sense of inclusion.

Unfortunately this film won't screen in many theatres and rentals and sales will be the path to a wider audience. And this film merits a very big following.

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