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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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Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
Music and Lyrics by Domenico Modugno / music by Franco Migliacci
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L'Italien
15 February 2011 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

A French comedy about identity recognition, our protagonist is torn among being a French, an Arabian and an Italian at the same time, when it comes the month of fast, all his white lies begin to crack down.

Frankly speaking, there is skimpy of novelty in the whole film, the comedic atmosphere is a little bit bland, the twist-and-turn is hackneyed as if I was the mastermind behind it. But on the other hand, the film is a great pleasure to watch, you will not feel disgusted or uncomfortable, it is what I call an innocuous comedy, which is a suitable treat when the timing is that all you need is a light comedy to kill some time before bed.

Kad Merad now has become the byword of contemporary French comedic films, this time his acting smoothly spikes with a more personalized empathy, the struggle of coming out of the "nationality" closet towards his girlfriend, his family and his boss, conquering these three gigantic barriers.

P.S.: I learned quite a lot new information about Ramadan, Muslim and Jew (not totally by the film itself), but anyway, it's always great to learn something new from films.


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