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The Father and the Foreigner

The Father and the Foreigner (Italian: Il padre e lo straniero) is a 2010 Italian drama film directed by Ricky Tognazzi. It is based on the novel Crime Novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo.[1][2]

The Father and the Foreigner
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Directed byRicky Tognazzi
CinematographyTani Canevari
Release date
  • October 30, 2010 (2010-10-30) (Rome International Film Festival)
  • February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18) (Italy)
Running time
110 minutes



Diego (Alessandro Gassman), an employee from Rome with a disabled son, meets Walid (Amr Waked), a rich Syrian businessman whose son is also handicapped. From their shared suffering blooms quite an unusual friendship, and the two dads start spending time together at Turkish baths, luxury shopping sprees, and meeting a mysterious sister in law named Zaira (Nadine Labaki). With a private jet, they head to Syria to see the plot of land Walid purchased for his son. Once back from that short and rather unusual trip, the pain preventing Diego and his wife to enjoy some passionate moments starts fading away, while Walid disappears following terrorist allegations. Tailed by the Secret Service in a suffocating and ambiguous Rome, Diego sets out looking for the man, uncovering a shockingly sad truth.



  1. ^ Claudia Mormiglione (October 30, 2010). "Paternità, disabilità, amicizia. Ricky Tognazzi rilegge De Cataldo". La Repubblica. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ Boyd van Hoeij (November 18, 2010). "Film Review: 'The Father and the Foreigner'". Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2014.

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