Italian for Beginners | 2002
A relationship comedy about six thirty-somethings whose lives interweave one bleak Copenhagen winter. For these singles--in despair--in their small Danish town, their introductory Italian class is the catalyst that infuses their ordinary lives with passion and makes their dim futures significantly brighter. Andreas is a minister whose wife has recently died, and arrives in town to fill in for the suspended, spiteful pastor. Expecting to stay only for a short while, he is encouraged to take Italian lessons where he meets Olympia. While staying in a local hotel, he befriends the lonely concierge, who has a crush on an Italian waitress from the hotel cafe. She, meanwhile, must deal with her rude and aggressive boss. Two women in the class are both caretakers for their elderly parents, and both are having difficulties with their bad-tempered relatives. Family obligations, miscommunication and shaky self-esteem complicate these relationships.