7.3/10 (IMDB)

Housekeeping for Beginners

1h 46m Comedy | Drama
Housekeeping for Beginners
Housekeeping for Beginners


HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS explores the universal truths of family, encompassing both the bonds we inherit and those we create. The narrative revolves around Dita, who, despite never aspiring to be a mother, finds herself compelled to raise her girlfriend's two daughters--Mia, a tiny troublemaker, and Vanesa, a rebellious teenager. As their individual wills clash, a heartwarming story unfolds about an unlikely family's struggle to stay together.


Goran Stolevski


Rozafa Celaj, Sara Klimoska, Anamaria Marinca






North Macedonia, Sweden, Kosovo, Poland and others


Macedonian, Romany, Albanian, French

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  • "Stolevski’s handling of the balance between jostling high spirits and the creeping dread of loss is supremely confident; his storytelling is fresh, authentic and genuinely exciting."
    - Screen Daily
  • "Within HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS restless, naturalistic aesthetic, Stolevski crafts complex and poignant images, contrasting the playacting the couple is forced to do with their searing gazes."
    - Los Angeles Times
  • "In its cheerfully disordered way, HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS tells us that families, like last-minute meals, must sometimes be created from whatever ingredients are at hand."
    - The New York Times
  • "Stolevski’s lively, garrulous script may be plot-heavy, but the film isn’t propelled as much by grand narrative turns as it is by the powderkeg reactivity of its characters. Each scrap and squabble and occasional flash of understanding between them activates the film anew, so no interpersonal dynamic here ever feels comfortably settled."
    - Variety


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