Italian for Beginners

Director:   Lone Scherfig
Year:   2000
Language:   Danish
Time:   112 minutes

A young widowed minister and five other characters cross paths at church, in a restaurant, at a hotel, and at an Italian class at the local adult school. Loneliness, grief, solace, romance, and love may meet in the middle of their passage through life.

The film won the Silver Bear and three other awards at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Rated R for language and adult content.

Post-film discussion led by Rachel Ritterbusch.


About the writer and director Lone Scherfig.

A sampling of reviews.

The film comes out of the film movement Dogme 95. About Dogme 95.

Other background on the film.