|Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) | Release Date: January 18, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. Its like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
This is a woman's work in the best sense -- empathetic, inferentially erotic and delicately intuitive, as well as fiercely intelligent.
The sober wit of this comedy arises not from conventional artifice -- snappy dialogue, wacky situations -- but from a realistically drawn ensemble interacting truthfully with one another.
Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
It's the rare film, Dogma or otherwise, that keeps you smiling long after the lights come up.
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