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Release Date:
10 May 2002 (USA) See more »
Asistencia Opcional. Pasión Requerida. (Attendance Optional. Passion Required) See more »
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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20 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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Charm that grows on you See more (87 total) »


  (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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Rated R for language and some sexuality
112 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin Film Festival) | Italy:118 min | USA:118 min (Telluride Film Festival) | USA:97 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

With its gross of $4,544,753 it is the highest grossing Danish film at the American box office. The record was previously held by Babette's Feast (1987).See more »
Factual errors: When Karen turns the dial of the IV, she reduces the dose instead of increasing it.See more »
Olympia's Father:That sounds disgusting.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Dancer in the Dark (2000)See more »
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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Charm that grows on you, 12 April 2003
Author: WriConsult from Portland OR USA

I have to admit, after the first few minutes I was wondering if I'd even manage to finish the whole thing. Also, as this was the first Dogme film I'd seen, I was also really questioning the whole concept. The opening scenes seemed amateurish in both filming and acting, with jerky editing and camera movements, and seemingly one-dimensional characters. But it really grew on me as I kept watching. The more the characters revealed themselves, the more sympathetic and complex they became. It actually became quite engrossing as the film progressed. There were just so many moments of geniune warmth and humor. In fact, what really struck me about this film after it was all over was its geniuneness. I haven't seen anything so heartwarming in a long time. 8/10.

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