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The Right Thing (2009)

La cosa giusta (original title)
A suspected man, two cops, three friends, maybe.


Marco Campogiani
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Credited cast:
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Eugenio Fusco
Paola De Crescenzo Paola De Crescenzo
Ennio Fantastichini Ennio Fantastichini ... Duccio Monti
Camilla Filippi ... Serena
Riccardo Forte Riccardo Forte ... Console
Anis Gharbi Anis Gharbi ... Youssef
Ahmed Hafiene ... Khalid
Hedy Krissane Hedy Krissane ... Commissario tunisino
Massimo Rigo Massimo Rigo ... Vittorini
Fabrizio Rizzolo ... Agente Servizi Segreti
Francesco Rossini Francesco Rossini ... Francesco Serra
Abbary Samya Abbary Samya ... Sofia
Gianni Vattimo Gianni Vattimo ... Avvocato


An odd couple of contrasting cops: one is a disillusioned veteran, the other young, idealistic and speaks fluent Arabic. Ideal for tailing Khalid (Ahmed Hafiene), who was acquitted but is still suspected of having ties with Al-Qaida. The two cops, who initially can't stand each other, find themselves increasingly in contact with the life and habits of Khalid. As the story goes the suspect catches on to them, but when he begins receiving threats the cops become his bodyguards, his escort. Being nearer to him, and knowing him better, the two cops end up making almost friends with the man. At last it comes out that Khalid is the victim of a legal error. He makes accusations against the Italian's justice, but this leads to his expulsion from Italy. The young policeman undertakes a voyage in search of Khalid, that will lead him to Tunisia, and to some final twists. Written by Stefano

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suspect | police | terrorism | buddy | See All (4) »


Comedy | Drama






Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

27 November 2009 (Italy) See more »

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Unexpected Italian Police drama.
27 September 2010 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The only name I recognised in the credits of this one was Fantastichini, whose face has taken on even more character down the years. That made it a surprise, when what turned up on the screen was unfamiliar and convincing.

Moving between colourful Tunis and drab Turin, we follow young cop Briguglia upsetting his colleagues, when he won't help them cheat on their Comissario examination in Arab language. His boss calls him in to tell him to postpone his studies and work with veteran Fantastichini in keeping an Arab, whose trial is coming up, under surveillance. Yes we do know the next bit, where they all buddy up, but the action keeps on changing direction. Playing and settings are convincing and involving.

Cameraman Calvesi's sharp, desaturated Fujicolor is striking and the editing is particularly deft. It leaves you wondering what else all these talented people have been doing.

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