Italiensk for Begyndere (Italian for Beginners)
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Italiensk for Begyndere (Italian for Beginners)
The Dogma 95 movement has seen some searing looks into the human condition but rarely a romantic comedy -- until now. Veteran Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig spins this deadpan look at a group of lovelorn outsiders living in a grey corner of Copenhagen. After the perennially foul-tempered minister of a local church is fired after doing great injury to the organist, Andreas moves to the area to take over the parish. Staying in a hotel until his predecessor can be wrested from the rectory, Andreas befriends the establishment's scatter-brained manager, Jørgen, who is utterly in love with a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Scherfig, who has had a successful career in TV, tackles more than she can handle."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[Scherfig] has made a movie that will leave you wondering about the characters' lives after the clever credits roll."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Romantic, often comic but certainly for grownups."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An incredibly low-rent Danish film, it brings a group of people together in a sweet and charming way, if a little convenient"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"These characters seem refreshingly real in their imperfect selves and their imperfect quest for love and friendship."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"An engaging Danish movie that rises from the ashes of loneliness and despair to spread feelings of happiness across the screen."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The combination of lightness and strictness in this instance gives Italian for Beginners an amiable aimlessness that keeps it from seeming predictably formulaic."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A rare delight ... a joyous comedy that is at the same time grounded in real life with characters whose company is a pleasure."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"This is a fine ensemble cast."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Obligada para impotentes, daneses, camareras italianas, profesores de idiomas, y todo aquel que desee una lengua para expresar su amor."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"A rarity: a humane picture about modern romance among believable adults."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"a lightweight story about matchmaking, the characters make it worth the journey."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"At the core a sweet, enjoyable movie that even the most casual movie-goer would enjoy."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Give Italian a try!"
‑ Danny Minton, KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
"a delightful romantic comedy with plenty of bite. It's far from a frothy piece, and the characters are complex, laden with plenty of baggage and tinged with tragic undertones."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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