L'Amico Arabo (1991)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Two factory workers from a Tunis plant have been waylaid by bandits while riding the bus back to their home. One of them is Italian, the other a local Tunisian Arab, and they are friends. The Tunisian was wounded in the incident, and as they wait to be discovered by someone who might help them, he tells the Italian man a strange story. Some years ago, just as he was getting married, the Arab man got into a fight with a magician. The magician cut off four of the bride's fingers, which were lost in the sands, and the woman died. Her mother believed that the fingers were the key to bringing her back to life and sent the groom into the desert to find them. At the time of the story, he had found three of the four fingers, but then he dies. The story jumps into the future, and the Italian man has adopted the dress and customs of his Tunisian hosts. He discovers the fourth finger in an antique shop and goes to take it to the girl's mother.