|Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) | Release Date: January 18, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
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.
Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. Its like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
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.
This is a woman's work in the best sense -- empathetic, inferentially erotic and delicately intuitive, as well as fiercely intelligent.
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