Unlike many romantic comedies, the charming Italian For Beginners, premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on June 6 feels natural and genuinely heart-warming.
In this beautiful, understated film, every character possesses a naive, heartbreaking honesty and every line communicates the sweet simplicity of basic human longing. The film is not about learning Italian, though the film's six thirtysomething characters all meet each other through a beginners Italian class at the community center in their quiet, rainy town. The film is about real life and hardship and hope. A nurturing hair stylist, a clumsy bakery clerk, a committed pastor, a foulmouthed waiter, a friendly hotel manager and a lonely waitress all struggle with the banality of daily life, while dealing with their own unique challenges. But as they begin to reveal themselves and their problems to each other, they form a bond and a network that is both a safety net and a new reason to live.
Italian For Beginners will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 6, 7, and 8 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. In Danish and Italian, the film has a running time of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It is rated R for language and some sexuality. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3. The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information.