The Past is a Foreign Land (Il Passato 'E Una Terra Straniera) is a slacker movie updated for a generation who want everything without working for it; that seek thrills without consequences and take responsibility for no-one except themselves. It's a cautionary tale of how weak 'followers' are seduced by risk and danger but then left for dead in the endgame and consumed by the strong. Only the very lucky find their good side again. Giorgio is a fine young man with nice friends, good parents and everything he needs. Why is that not enough for him? He befriends Francesco who is cool but trouble and later accompanies him to a poker game just for kicks and where to his amazement he wins. It was inevitable - Francesco controlled the cards. They team up to enter big games with some high rollers and lowlifes and get away with it every time. They start taking more risks and seem to enter 'a big league'. Except Francesco has been keeping quiet about losses from another business. A trip to Barcelona takes a different turn when Francesco reveals his other 'business' is trafficking cocaine and that he has to collect a package. The extent of his influence is brutally revealed as he risks Giorgio's future, security and freedom. Giorgio is no longer a fine boy. No longer a dutiful son. No longer hanging out with nice friends.