Italian for Beginners

  |  Book Tickets: 04/02/2002
  |  Buy to Own: 31/03/2003
  |  107 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC
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Lone Scherfig directs this Danish comedy drama starring Anders W. Berthelsen and Anette Stovelbæk. Andreas (Berthelsen) is a young clergyman newly arrived in the city of Copenhagen, who finds himself consistently undermined by Reverend Wredman (Brent Mejding), a man consumed with bitterness at his daughter's suicide. Olympia (Stovelbæk) works at a bakery and cares thanklessly for her ailing and irritable father. Shy concierge Jørgen (Peter Gantzler) is in love with an Italian waitress named Giulia (Sara Indrio Jensen) but doesn't know how to approach her. The abrasive bar manager Hal-Finn (Lars Kaalund), Giulia's boss, is sacked for being difficult with customers and is in the beginning stages of a relationship with a woman dominated by her alcoholic mother. Jørgen becomes determined to learn Italian to be able to speak to Guilia in her native tongue, and drags the lonely Anders along. Finally, Karen (Ann Jorgensen), a hairdresser who is battling with a terminally alcoholic mother also attends, being rather taken with the hotheaded Hal-Finn who is now one of her customers. When the class teacher Marcello (Matteo Valese) suddenly dies of a heart attack, the class is faced with termination. But Hal-Finn, who claims to have learned Italian when Juventus FC visited Copenhagen a few years back, volunteers to take over the class and events in Karen and Olympia's lives soon draw the class ever-closer in strange and unforeseen ways.

Contains infrequent strong language
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