At the height of the drama of the Joseph stories, Joseph says to his brothers “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?”
In the masterpiece movie “ET,” the basic goodness of the friendly alien is expressed in his commitment to “phone home.”
Joseph is the favorite son of his father Jacob. We have no reason to suppose that they do not love each other.
But still, when Joseph reaches a senior and influential position in Egypt, he forgets to do something essential – he doesn’t phone home. He doesn’t bother to find out if his father is still alive.