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Italian for Beginners (2000)

1 rating: 5.0
Art House & International movie directed by Lone Scherfig

Not your usual lighthearted romance, Lone Sherfig's heartwarming comedy warms the usually chilly Dogme 95 world of prickly eccentrics and damaged souls with a glowing sense of hope and passion. A belligerent restaurant manager, a repressed hotelier, … see full wiki

Director: Lone Scherfig
1 review about Italian for Beginners (2000)

A Touching, Gentle, Tender Tale of Alienated People

  • Nov 2, 2002
Rating:
+5
ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS is a unique little film. Like many of the better known Nordic films, this tale of disparate ordinary people who all have lost some of the joy of life, whether that be in the form of th loss of a family member or a job or a sense of self worth, has an edgy side that only demonstrates how close the masks of tragedy and comedy hang. Claustrophobic as Denmark in the winter, the setting and camera work enhance the passing needs we all feel when we are at our most vulnerable. The unifying element (or the modus exodus) for these likeable characters comes in their commonly attended Italian for Beginners class. The interaction between the characters is sweet, warming and gently humorous for all the background reality of making it through life. An excellent cast enhances this charming and moving story, one that should find a warm spot in everyone's heart. Highly recommended.

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