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L'Italien (2010)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 July 2010 (France)
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Life smiles at Dino Fabrizzi,a cool forty-two-year old Italian. Not only is he the most successful salesman at The Maserati dealership in Nice but he has had a steady (and hot) relationship... See full summary »

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Mourad Ben Saoud, alias Dino Fabrizzi
Valérie Benguigui ...
Hélène
Roland Giraud ...
Charles
Philippe Lefebvre ...
Cyril Landrin
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Jacques (as Guillaume Gallienne de la Comédie Française)
Sid Ahmed Agoumi ...
Mohamed Ben Saoud
Farida Ouchani ...
Rachida Ben Saoud
Saphia Azzeddine ...
Amel Ben Saoud
Tarek Boudali ...
Karim
Nathalie Levy-Lang ...
Nadège
Karim Belkhadra ...
Abdel
Alain Doutey ...
André
Arielle Sémenoff ...
Marie-Paule
Guy Lecluyse ...
M. Maizière
Raphaële Germser ...
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Life smiles at Dino Fabrizzi,a cool forty-two-year old Italian. Not only is he the most successful salesman at The Maserati dealership in Nice but he has had a steady (and hot) relationship with Hélène,his girlfriend, who is beginning to contemplate marriage. To crown it all he is nearly certain to land a senior position at the dealership. But there is a tiny wee problem. The funny Italian is not Italian at all! His real name is Mourad and he is actually of Algerian origin. So, when to please his father (who does not know his son pretends to be Italian), he promises him to celebrate Ramadan he is bound to get into serious trouble... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The book Kad Merad reads to get knowledge about Islam is 'L'Islam pour les nuls', written by Malcolm Clark and adapted by Malek Chebel (2008). See more »

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Remade as Valentino (2013) See more »

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My Wonderful Bambina
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Light comedy with some poignant moments
4 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for something original in a light comedy, this is a great choice! But it is by no means mindless- has the right amount of substance as well. It is a heartwarming modern day exploration of the issue of identity. Unbeknownst to his family, Dino Fabrizzi is living a double life as an Italian car salesman, but is actually the son of Algerian immigrants in Marseilles. Everything goes smoothly for 5 years but then the ruse starts to crumble. Very well done! Also noteworthy is the humour and respect Muslim dogma is presented with. This was my first Kad Merad movie but I have since read he is a popular French comedy actor and will seek them out more. He imbued a great deal of humanity and humour into his portrayal of the nuanced character, Dino Fabrizzi/ Mourad Ben Saoud.


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