anastasia ivanovskaya
about me

Hello, my name is Anastasia, I'm a marketing specialist living in Amman, Jordan. Trying to study Italian and Arabic. Interested in local restaurants and events.

Top 5 Italian Movies to Watch

I began studying Italian in the end of August 2017, and I would say it's one of the most awarding and easy languages - especially in comparison with my questionable Turkish and hopeless Arabic. It was nice to gain some confidence and study something that I actually can remember, just because of Latin roots, or a slight similarity with English, not because I have repeated this phrase 60 times in Anki.

During the studying, I have created a 12-week marathon with a tight schedule for myself, and one of the activities was to watch an Italian movie every week. Therefore, I have a list of Italian movies I can recommend for your evening time.


"Perfetti sconosciuti" by Paolo Genovese - 7,8 IMDB

I always enjoy one-room intense dialogue movies, so if you share my preferences, "The Perfect Strangers" are just for you. A movie that shows how the society has changed, thanks to the modern technologies. A good mix of situations, related to loyalty, love, friendship and betrayal.

We don't have any secrets.



"Il Bisbetico Domato" by Moccia & Castellano - 7,7 IMDB

Somehow Adriano Celentano is not as popular in Jordan, and it's not fair, it's a real challenge to play in a romantic comedy, and "The Taming of the Scoundrel" is really something you have to watch.

- You are more stubborn than a mule! - Finally you give me a compliment!

Ellia, Lisa


"Il Mostro" by Roberto Benigni - 7,5 IMDB

Another great Italian comedian is Roberto Benigni, balancing here on the edge of Italian farce, joking most of the time about R-stuff, yet not making it cheap and vulgar. "The Monster" is simple, kind and funny, not related to an American sense of humour, so enjoy.

He's a sex maniac disguised as a respectable citizen!



"Nostalgia" by Andrei Tarkovsky - 8,1 IMDB

As for any Russian, it's uneasy for me to comment "Nostalgia", as we don't believe someone can have nostalgia like Russians. :) Nostalgia is not about being homesick: it's a mix of memories and illusions of a better place one has in his mind. It's a truly special movie. And if you are not in the mood to discover the nuances of a misterious Russian soul, you still can watch it to enjoy the great operator's work.

Feelings unspoken are unforgettable.

Andrey Gorchakov


"La grande bellezza" by Paolo Sorrentino - 7,8 IMDB

This is a movie where Sorrentino has reached his peak of professionalism. I hardly can image he might make a better movie than "The Grand Beauty". Toni Servillo is amazing there, you want to cry and laugh during the movie simultaneously, and it really hits you deeply. Like someone has slashed your chest and you don't have your lungs anymore, and you can't breathe.

The trains at our parties are the best in Rome. They're the best 'cause they go nowhere.

Jep Gambardella

Any recommendations for Italian movies?

Anastasia Ivanovskaya

anastasia ivanovskaya

Living in Amman for 6 years, working as a marketing consultant for various companies. Besides marketing, I like languages, cooking and reading.