Französisch für Anfänger (2006)

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Französisch für Anfänger (2006)

Échange tells the story of HENRIK, who takes part in a student exchange program with France. The only reason for this journey is to conquer the heart of his dream girl. Wild Partys, exciting trips, a crazy host family and of course his trouble with the French language turn the - at first unmeant - holidays into a memorable summer.
Germany
France
IMDb   6.2 /10
TheMovieDb    5.5 /10
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Creators
Director Christian Ditter
Writer Christian Ditter
Information
Release Date2006-06-07
Runtime1h 38min
GenreComedy, Romance
Content Rating
AwardsAwards3 wins & 3 nominations
CompanyL.C.J Editions & Productions, NEOS Film, Rat Pack Filmproduktion
CountryGermany, France
LanguageFrench, German
Henrikas Henrik
Valerieas Valerie
Lennard Bertzbach
Lennard Bertzbach
Johannesas Johannes
Monsieur Nouvellevilleas Monsieur Nouvelleville
Élodie Bollée
Élodie Bollée
Charlotteas Charlotte
Antoine Morin
Antoine Morin
Cyrilas Cyril
Mathieuas Mathieu
Thaddäus Meilinger
Thaddäus Meilinger
Niklasas Niklas
Vanessa Krüger
Vanessa Krüger
Lenaas Lena
Sabrina Stehnicke
Sabrina Stehnicke
Barbaraas Barbara
Éléonore du Page
Éléonore du Page
Sylvianneas Sylvianne
Isabelle Cote
Isabelle Cote
Mutter Cyrilas Mutter Cyril
Patrice Poisson
Patrice Poisson
Vater Cyrilas Vater Cyril
Baptiste Poisson
Baptiste Poisson
Kleiner Bruder Cyrilas Kleiner Bruder Cyril
Paule Poisson
Paule Poisson
Bruder Cyrilas Bruder Cyril
Großer Bruder Cyrilas Großer Bruder Cyril
Josef Schwarz
Josef Schwarz
Antonas Anton
Dietrich Adam
Dietrich Adam
Thomasas Thomas

French for Beginners

French for Beginners (German: Französisch für Anfänger) is a German-French romantic comedy film made in 2006 and directed by Christian Ditter. The theme of the film is young love during a school exchange in France, complicated by language barriers and cultural differences.


Synopsis

Henrik hates French lessons with Monsieur Nouvelleville and grows to dislike all things French. But then he falls in love with Valerie of all people, who because of her French Mother is close to the language and culture and therefore takes part in the exchange programme. In order to prove his love to her, Henrik takes part in the exchange together with his friend Johannes.

Since unfortunately Henrik hardly speaks any French, communication turns out to be exceedingly difficult. After he misses the opportunity to get close to her on a stopover in Paris, he is shocked to learn at the first meeting with the local students that Valerie already has a French boyfriend. Not only is Henrik now jealous of Mathieu, but also frustrated because of the strange French customs he learns about in the company of his exchange partner Cyril, who lives on a farm.

Initially Henrik annoys Valerie with his attacks on Mathieu, but a short time later he learns that they’ve split up because Mathieu was being unfaithful with French girl Charlotte. Valerie is now ready for a date with the timid but genuine boy. The pair arranges to meet at a party and there seems to be nothing else in the way of love.

However Henry has not considered that it is customary for the French to eat a long evening meal. As he arrives very late to the party, Charlotte gets in his way. She talks to him in English and tries to seduce him. After Valerie has consumed an excessive amount of alcohol, Henrik takes her home and resists the temptation to take advantage of her intoxicated state.

At the farewell party with all the participants, he impresses his beloved by starting to sing "Bonsoir mes amis" instead of stammering a thank you speech. But Charlotte doesn’t give up and visits Henrik at his guest family’s house. After Valerie sees the two in bed, she plans to travel to Brittany to spend time with her uncle. Henry finds out at the last moment about this plan and steals the group’s coach to intercept her at the train station. There, he can convince her of his true love, whereupon Valerie forgives him and they kiss.


Cast

  • François Goeske - Henrik
  • Paula Schramm - Valerie
  • Lennard Bertzbach - Johannes
  • Christian Tramitz - Monsieur Nouvelleville
  • Élodie Bollée - Charlotte
  • Antoine Morin - Cyril
  • Cyril Descours - Mathieu
  • Thaddäus Meilinger - Niklas
  • Vanessa Krüger - Lena

Release

French for Beginners premiered on 3 June 2006 in Germany.