Italian for Beginners (2001)

Italian for Beginners (2001)



Critic Consensus: Unlike many romantic comedies, the charming Italian for Beginners feels natural and genuinely heart-warming.

Italian for Beginners Photos

Movie Info

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 beautiful Italian barmaid working at a nearby pub run by Hal-Finn. When the irascible Hal-Finn is chastised by the bar's owner for his unkempt appearance, he goes to a local salon where he meets Karen, a comely hairdresser harried by her grasping mom. Meanwhile, Andreas falls for a lethally klutzy pastry shop assistant named Olympia. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By: Lone Scherfig
Written By: Lone Scherfig
In Theaters: wide
Miramax Films - Official Site


Lars Kaalund
as Hal-Finn
Karen-Lise Mynster
as Real Estate Dealer
Rikke Wolck
as Nurse
Elsebeth Steentoft
as Kirketjener
Bent Mejding
as Rev. Wredmann
Claus Gerving
as Klaus Graverson
Jesper Christensen
as Olympia's Father
Carlo Barsotti
as Marcello
Lene Tiemroth
as Karen's Mother
Alex Nyborg Madsen
as Sports Man/Church Singer 1
Steen Svare Hansen
as Sports Man/Church Singer 2
Martin Brygmann
as Night School Teacher
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Italian for Beginners

Critic Reviews for Italian for Beginners

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (33)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 20, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Scherfig, who has had a successful career in TV, tackles more than she can handle.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

An engaging Danish movie that rises from the ashes of loneliness and despair to spread feelings of happiness across the screen.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Italian for Beginners

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

Discussion Forum

Discuss Italian for Beginners on our Movie forum!

News & Features