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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:
One fine romantic comedy See more (86 total) »

Cast

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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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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 »
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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:
Barn Jesus i en krybbe laSee more »

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
One fine romantic comedy, 19 February 2005
Author: dlpatrick1 from United States

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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