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Housekeeping for Beginners (2024)

The Story

Housekeeping for Beginners (2024) delves into the complexities of family, both chosen and inherited. Dita, a woman who never envisioned motherhood, finds her life unexpectedly turned upside down when her girlfriend dies, leaving her to raise the girlfriend’s two daughters: the rebellious teenager Vanesa and the mischievous Mia. Unprepared for the challenges of parenthood, Dita grapples with navigating the unfamiliar territory of emotional connection, discipline, and finding her own place within this newfound family unit. 

The film goes beyond heartwarming family moments, exploring themes of societal expectations and personal growth. Dita, an individual who values independence and personal freedom, confronts societal pressures that often define women through the lens of motherhood. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the needs of her children, a poignant conflict arises. Vanesa, grappling with grief and teenage angst, clashes with Dita’s unconventional approach, while Mia’s innocent cheerfulness adds another layer of complexity to their dynamic. 

This family journey unfolds against the backdrop of a changing Macedonia, reflecting broader social commentary on evolving gender roles and the search for belonging in an imperfect world. “Housekeeping for Beginners” is not a fairy tale of instant familial bliss, but a nuanced exploration of love, loss, and the unexpected ways we build families and find our place in the world.


The Deets

Rating: R
Concerns: Language Throughout, Some Teen Drinking, Sexual Content
Runtime: 1h 47m
Genre: Drama, Lgbtq+
Original Language: Macedonian
Release Date (theaters): April 5, 2024 (US)
Release Date (Streaming): TBD

Main Cast

Anamaria Marinca as Dita
Alina Serban as Suada
Samson Selim as Ali
Vladimir Tintor as Toni
Mia Mustafi as Vanessa
Dżada Selim as Mia
Sara Klimoska as Elena

Production & Crew

Distributor: Focus Features
Production Co: List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Productions, Industria Film, Film i Väst, Common Ground, Causeway Films, Tango Entertainment
Director(s): Goran Stolevski
Producer(s): Blerta Basholli, Marija Dimitrova, Beata Rzezniczek, Klaudia Smieja, Milan Stojanovic, Anikca Tilic
Writer(s): Goran Stolevski
Cinematography: Naum Doksevski
Music: Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
Editor: Goran Stolevski
Hair/Makeup Lead(s): Leonora Mehmeti (makeup), Goran Ignjatovski (special effects)
Costumes: Roza Trajceska

The Trailer

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