Italian for Beginners Movie Review Summary

Actors: Anders W. Berthelson, Anette Stovelbaek, Peter Gantzler, Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, Lars Kaalund, Sara Indrio Jensen

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Six characters in a Danish suburb -- a brand-new pastor, a hotel clerk, a restaurant manager, a hairdresser, a bakery employee, and a waitress -- struggle with their lives and difficulties but are brought together in a beginning Italian conversation class (though one of them is herself Italian!), and eventually make a trip to Venice together. This Danish film, made in 2000 but released in the US only in the winter of 2001-02, is another Dogme 95 release (no artificial lighting, all hand-held camera work, no special effects, etc.). It's a comedy-drama, but certainly not a screwball comedy. There are dark elements, such as alcoholism, several deaths that occur early in the film, and a spouse's suicide shortly before the story begins; the laughs are small and hard-earned at first, but sweet, and all's well that ends delightfully well. Perhaps this one will work best in video form: the combination of hand-held camera and having to read extensive subtitles gave me a bit of a headache for the first part, but the story and its characters' relationships became so engrossing that it eventually didn't matter. A nuanced charmer, with much emotional chiarosuro.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Comedy or Parody about    -   vacation or seeing foreign culture Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Italian

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Scandinavian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   Scandinavia Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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