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Italian for Beginners [DVD] [] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In this beautiful, understated film, every character possesses a naive, heartbreaking honesty and every line communicates the sweet simplicity of basic human longing. From Danish director Lone Scherfig (ON OUR OWN), ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS uses natural lighting, muted cinematography, and a partially improvised script--falling into the Dogme 95 genre. The film is not about learning Italian, though the film's six thirtysomething characters all meet each other through an Italian class at the community center in their quiet, rainy town. The film is about real life and hardship and hope. A nurturing hair stylist, a clumsy bakery clerk, a committed pastor, a foulmouthed waiter, a friendly hotel manager, and a lonely waitress all struggle with the banality of daily life, while dealing with their own unique challenges. But as they begin to reveal themselves and their problems to each other, they form a bond and a network that is both a safety net and a new reason to live.
  • Credits
    Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jrgensen, Anette Stvelbk, Peter Gantzler, Lars Kaalund, Sara Indrio Jensen
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The actors, whom Scherfig cast against type, give distinctive performances....It's a charming and often affecting journey..."
    Box Office

    "...This is a deeply whimsical piece....The first hour achieves some sharply intimate and discomfiting scenes. Lene Tiemroth is impressively awkward..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Completely charming....A delicious and delicately funny look at the residents of a Copenhagen neighborhood..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Charming....[The film] has warmth, wit and interesting characters compassionately portrayed..."
    USA Today

    "...A rich and uplifting story....[With] a pleasing spontaneity....You'd be an idiot to miss it..."
    Total Film

    "...A charming Danish comedy....[Scherfig] has a real affection for her characters..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[I]t is memorable for its agility, as well as for its unforced wisdom and disarming intensity."
    Wall Street Journal

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