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FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS (photo © Constantin Film/Munich)

Henrik thinks France is really uncool, in particular his finicky French teacher Monsieur Nouvelleville, who is always hassling him. But when Henrik meets Valerie, it’s love at first sight. He is so in love with her that he can hardly speak when she is around. And as if that weren’t enough, it comes out that Henrik doesn’t like France. And Valerie is half French. Oh no! His chances for a date are not looking good, and then along comes the German-French exchange program. Not much later, Henrik finds himself with his best friend Johannes, Valerie and a group of weird chanson-singing and guitar-playing nerds in a bus on the way to France. Upon arrival, Henrik gets bitten by the savoir-vivre bug: wild parties, a crazy host family, night-time outings, the ups and downs of his first big love and his lack of knowledge of the French language make what first looked like an undesired holiday suddenly the most unforgettable summer in his life.
Genre Romantic Comedy, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Christian Ditter
Screenplay Christian Ditter
Cinematography Christian Rein
Patricia Rommel
Philipp F. Kölmel
Eva Maria Stiebler
Cast Lennard Bertzbach, Élodie Bollée, Paula Schramm, Francois Goeske
Producers Christoph Menardi, Anita Schneider, Christian Becker, Julien Auger-Ottavi, Marc-André Brundet, Gérard Despouy, David Groenewold, Frank Siegmund, Torben Struck, Philipp Schall
Production Company NEOS Film/Munich, in co-production with Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Hector Films/Paris, German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, Rhône-Alps Cinéma/Lyon, Open Arts Productions/Paris
Runtime 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
 German, French, English
Subtitled Versions French, English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Sprockets Toronto 2007, Worldfest Houston 2007, Shanghai 2007
Awards Special Jury Remi Houston 2007
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Eurimages, Rhône-Alps-Cinema, CNC
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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