"Italian For Beginners"
Directed by Lone Scherfig
"...a rarity: a humane picture about romance among
believable adults" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). A real charmer,
this 12th "official" film in the Dogme 95 movement proved that its "vow of
chastity" (location shooting, natural lighting and sound, hand-held camera)
need not apply only to harsh and cynical stories. This is a warm, funny
romantic comedy and its stylistic restrictions are less notable than its
highly appealing characters and the equally winning actors who play them.
Set mainly in Copenhagen, it follows the intersecting relationships and
romances among a group of young adults, with the local church and a small
Italian language class serving as focal points. Lars Kaalund is a standout
as the class' comically combative new teacher. Shot in digital video. Danish
with English subtitles. 97 minutes.