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Italiensk for begyndere (2000)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders W. Berthelsen ... Andreas
... Olympia
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ... Karen
... 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
... Olympia's Father
Merete Voldstedlund ... Andreas' mother (scenes deleted)
... Leif (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A young minister, a widower, is temporarily assigned to a church whose suspended pastor drove parishioners away; he stays at a hotel where he meets Jørgen, who's alone approaching middle age. Jørgen's friend Finn, a temperamental restaurant manager, may be about to be fired. Finn's assistant is Giulia, a lovely young Italian who prays for a husband. Olympia, a clumsy bakery clerk, has an ornery father; Karen, a hairdresser, has a mother who is very ill. The paths of these six characters cross at church, in the restaurant, at the hotel, and at an Italian class at the local adult school. Loneliness, grief, solace, romance, and love may meet 'nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita.' Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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10 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Italiano para principiantes  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DKK 4,563,271 (Denmark), 15 December 2000

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,047, 20 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,447,186, 7 July 2002
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In May 2010 it was revealed that Zentropa Productions officially acknowledged plot similarities to Maeve Binchy's novel "Evening Class". Writer-director Lone Scherfig 'borrowed' part of her plot from the Irish novel without giving any credit to the original author. Binchy was not credited in the original release of the film as Zentropa had determined they were not in breach of copyright, but after Binchy's representatives approached them they paid a non-disclosed compensation and added a credit for her in later releases. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Referenced in A-klassen: Episode #1.8 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

O sole mio
(1898)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
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I had much fun watching this movie
26 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

What an evening well spent watching this film. It's poignant, touching, funny. It explores themes that are not always easy to talk about on the big screen: euthanasia for one, impotence for another. It also touches the tragedy of losing someone close to you. The cast is very good, all six of them, but especially Anette Stovelbaeck, Ann Eleonara Jorgensen and Peter Gantzler. And Sara Indrio Jensen is superb! Too bad she hasn't played in another movie. The dogme style goes well with this story. But one must get pass the first 10 minutes or so during which the hand-held camera can make you a bit dizzy!

Seen at home, in Toronto, on March 25th, 2006.

80/100 (***)


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