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In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town.... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Tasche Christian Tasche ... Jos Vater
Barnaby Metschurat ... Gigi
Tiziana Lodato Tiziana Lodato ... Ada
Antonella Attili ... Rosa
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Giancarlo
Annika Schmitz Annika Schmitz ... Jo Kind
Patrycia Ziolkowska Patrycia Ziolkowska ... Jo
Nicola Cutrignelli Nicola Cutrignelli ... Gigi Kind
Michele Ranieri Michele Ranieri ... Giancarlo Kind
Cesare Mele Cesare Mele ... Umberto Kind
Franco Javarone Franco Javarone ... Alfredo
Pino Cacace Pino Cacace ... Carabiniere
Giuseppe Fernando Caputo Giuseppe Fernando Caputo ... Rosas Vater
Rosa Di Brigida Rosa Di Brigida ... Paola
Giuseppe De Rosa Giuseppe De Rosa ... Antonio


In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town. Their business emerges well and both children get used to Germany. 10 years later the brothers fall in love with the same woman; they break tie with each other in anger and Gigi returns to Solino with his mother. A decade later both meet again and have a retrospect on their lives. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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German | Italian

Release Date:

7 November 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Солино See more »

Filming Locations:

Apulia, Italy See more »


Box Office


DEM 10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the brothers, both stoned, drive on the Autobahn at night, the car seems to fly. It shows the license plate "DU-DU" (DU for Duisburg), same as the VW Beetle "Dudu" from the German 1970s "Käfer" movie series (inspired by the US "Herbie" movies). See more »


References The Damned (1969) See more »

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Not bad, just unimpressive
11 June 2010 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Turko-German directing star "Fatih Akin" proffers the tale of a family of Italian immigrants in Germany. "Solino" is the movie that immediately preceded his breakthrough "Gegen die Wand".

A young couple and their two sons move from the Italian village of Solino to Germany, where they are, overall, pretty successful as restauranteurs. But in time divisions become apparent: the father can't handle his success and exploits his wife and sons. The brothers fight over women; when one of them becomes successful as a movie director, the other brother can't handle his own jealousy. When the mother falls deadly ill, the filmmaker gives up his career and moves back with her to Italy, where he finds true love.

The movie is watchable, but overall I couldn't warm to it. The plot is often meandering and full of clichés. I didn't like seeing German actors portraying Italians who speak German throughout -- that simply couldn't fly. I didn't buy the bit about the one brother being a film-making boy wonder -- the movies we get to see by him are bo-ring. I didn't buy the Jules-et-Jim-like love affair between Gigi, Giancarlo and Jo -- she comes across as little more than a blonde slag. I really hated the stereotype about the simple country girl waiting for her childhood love to come back from Germany "to bring her snow". I thought the story about the kindly photo shop owner was naff.

That's not enough for me to either hate or love this movie. The only thing that stands out to me is the impressive performance of the actress portraying the mother, Antonella Attili.

NB: I have to write the director's name in parentheses, otherwise IMDb will bowdlerise his first name to "faith".

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