Italian for Beginners

Anders Berthelsen, Peter Ganzler.
Directed by Lone Scherfig.
Running Time: 118 mins
Rated: M
Some years ago a few young Scandinavian directors rejected mainstream conventions within contemporary cinema and decided to hold to principles which make films look more realistic. These principles include no lighting, costumes or make up, not using sets or soundstages and giving actors the right to improvise with the script. Appropriately, the movement was called Dogma and its result s have been uneven, to say the least.

Italian for Beginners is without the question the best and most accessible of the Dogma films. And for what it is worth it is also the first feature film by the only woman director to have signed on to these principles.

Italian for Beginners is a deadpan romantic comedy about lovelorn outcasts living in a grey Copenhagen suburb who come together for a weekly Italian-language class. The film opens with the arrival of Andreas (Berthelsen), the new Lutheran Pastor, who is forced to take residence in the local hotel because his predecessor refuses to leave the presbytery.
Andreas is befriended by the amiable, permanently befuddled Hotel manager, J

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