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French for Beginners (2006)

Französisch für Anfänger (original title)
Échange tells the story of HENRIK, who takes part in a student exchange program with France. The only reason for this journey is to conquer the heart of his dream girl. Wild Partys, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Goeske ... Henrik (as François Göske)
Paula Schramm ... Valerie
Lennard Bertzbach Lennard Bertzbach ... Johannes
Christian Tramitz ... Monsieur Nouvelleville
Élodie Bollée Élodie Bollée ... Charlotte
Antoine Morin Antoine Morin ... Cyril
Cyril Descours Cyril Descours ... Mathieu
Thaddäus Meilinger Thaddäus Meilinger ... Niklas
Vanessa Krüger Vanessa Krüger ... Lena
Sabrina Stehnicke Sabrina Stehnicke ... Barbara
Éléonore du Page Éléonore du Page ... Sylvianne
Isabelle Cote Isabelle Cote ... Mutter Cyril
Patrice Poisson Patrice Poisson ... Vater Cyril
Baptiste Poisson Baptiste Poisson ... Kleiner Bruder Cyril
Paule Poisson Paule Poisson ... Bruder Cyril
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Storyline

Échange tells the story of HENRIK, who takes part in a student exchange program with France. The only reason for this journey is to conquer the heart of his dream girl. Wild Partys, exciting trips, a crazy host family and of course his trouble with the French language turn the - at first unmeant - holidays into a memorable summer. Written by NEOS Film GmbH & Co.KG

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

8 June 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Echangé See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,054,209
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henrik only has a very limited knowledge of French. The actor that plays him, 'François Göske', is actually half French and speaks the language fluently. See more »

Goofs

The guy who orders a beer and a coke at the bar at he "Oberstufenparty" doesn't pay. See more »

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Referenced in Wild Chicks in Love (2007) See more »

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from the band "Wir sind Helden"
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A "must see" if you are German and took French in school
3 June 2006 | by itchy_deSee all my reviews

The story is simple: boy loves girl and to get her attention he must make some sacrifices - in this case that means traveling with her to France without knowing the language or the country. The acting is wonderful, Paula as Valerie and Francois as Hendrik are very credible.

The film is very romantic, with many vivid dialogs playing charmingly with both French and German clichés. Sometimes the story seems a bit too exaggerated but most of the time this movie is very enjoyable and does a great job in recalling the viewer of his own experiences with the French language and the country - if he has them.

However, if you don't know anything about France and never took French in school you will probably have a hard time understanding some aspects of the movie, unfortunately, those are the important aspects. Subtract those and the movie is only half as good, a romantic teenage love story with few differences to so many others. But if you have any connection to France or its language, you should see this movie, regardless if you like France or you hate it - there is stuff for both its lovers and haters.


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