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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 »
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Thoroughly enjoyable and totally devoid of Hollywood-style contrivance 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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
O sole mioSee more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly enjoyable and totally devoid of Hollywood-style contrivance, 2 February 2003
Author: Xenon242 from Halifax NS (Canada)

I had the pleasure of seeing Italiensk for begyndere in a pretty small, intimiate cinema, which set the audience up beautifully for this movie.

The characters really drive this story, rather than the film pushing the characters around. What results is a movie that takes its own time to say what it needs to say, and that allows us to gain insight on what really is a broad spectrum of very human, very diverse personalities.

Romantic comedies-dramas, by and large, are pretty hit-and-miss, though more miss than hit if they come from Hollywood. They're bogged down in clichés, saccarine melodrama and characters that don't at all behave like real people. Italiensk for begyndere avoids all that, giving us characters that could just as well be the person sitting three seats from you in the cinema, that's how human they are.

I didn't feel at all cheated with this film, and left the cinema feeling like I saw a film that speaks to people. Superb.

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