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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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Christian Ditter
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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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Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song, the pupils and Hendrik (on stage) are singing at the party, called "Gute Nacht Freunde" and is from the singer "Reinhard May" (here they sing the French version of this song). See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Ein Wort
from the band "Wir sind Helden"
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A delightful film for anyone who was a cross-cultural student in Europe
7 April 2007 | by KinoKritikerSee all my reviews

This film should bring back memories to anyone who has studied abroad as a teenager in Europe, but particularly in France or Germany. The Citroen 2CVs will certainly bring back memories to older viewers! It is indeed a charming first love / romantic comedy / coming-of-age story, and the actors and actresses play their roles beautifully. It is so refreshing to see a "teenage" comedy that is not totally inane. It plays tastefully upon all the usual clichés and stereotypes about French vs German culture.

It can, of course, also be used in German, French, and even EFL language classes (the DVD has both German and English subtitles) as a means to discuss cultural differences, prejudices, and stereotypes (in addition to learning German or English). The perhaps over-emphasis on teenage sexuality in some scenes will make it probably unsuitable for most high school use outside of Europe, but it is certainly suitable for college use in discussing cultural differences.


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