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I'm Not Scared (2003)

Io non ho paura (original title)
A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

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Niccolò Ammaniti (novel), Niccolò Ammaniti (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Anna
Dino Abbrescia Dino Abbrescia ... Pino
Giorgio Careccia Giorgio Careccia ... Felice
Riccardo Zinna Riccardo Zinna ... Pietro
Michele Vasca Michele Vasca ... Candela
Susi Sánchez ... Filippo's mother (as Susy Sánchez)
Antonella Stefanucci Antonella Stefanucci ... Assunta
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ... Sergio
Giuseppe Cristiano Giuseppe Cristiano ... Michele
Mattia Di Pierro Mattia Di Pierro ... Filippo
Adriana Conserva Adriana Conserva ... Barbara
Fabio Tetta Fabio Tetta ... Teschio
Giulia Matturro Giulia Matturro ... Maria
Stefano Biase Stefano Biase ... Salvatore
Fabio Antonacci Fabio Antonacci ... Remo
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Storyline

While playing outside one day, nine-year-old Michele discovers Filippo, who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. Michele witnesses town baddie Felice nearby and suspects something bad is happening. Michele is unsure whom he should tell about his discovery, eventually spilling the beans to his closest friend. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Secrets. Betrayal. Murder. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain | UK

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Not Scared See more »

Filming Locations:

Apulia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€792,578 (Italy), 16 March 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,292, 11 April 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,615,118, 29 August 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1978. See more »

Goofs

When Michele's mother cleans blood from between his nose and lips, more blood is visible from his lips down onto his chin, but with the next shot, the blood on his chin is gone. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #1.8 (2004) See more »

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Se telefonando
Written by Ghigo De Chiara, Maurizio Costanzo, Ennio Morricone
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A summer surprising and suspenseful
28 April 2007 | by chicitysueSee all my reviews

I personally really like movies that portray childhood the way I remember it--kids doing kid-like activities and adventures, summers with free time to wander and explore, and seeing the way kids think. They don't quite see things as adults do. The kids in the movie were quite realistic.

I think that Michele, the main character has more awareness and sympathy for people than most kids as evidenced by the stories he writes and reads to his sister. After he finds a child in a hole in the ground he writes a story about a child hidden away. Yet he reacts like a child in that he doesn't realize that there is something illegal going on, at least at first. The story unfolds slowly but steadily.

Because this movie is about kids and some suspicious people (Michele's father and friends)and the story is not written with a formula, there is an added dimension to the element of unpredictability.

I truly was inspired by the cinematography showing the idyllic scenes of the summer and wheat fields of Italy, including the insects and wildlife. I really liked the scene with the three threshers approaching Michele as he was crossing the fields. This scene also made us aware of the passing of time and probably summer soon ending. Also, there is, as there in many neighborhoods, a grumpy scary person (the hog farmer) who adds to the atmosphere of unpredictability.

The music is absolutely wonderful. And it is not just the music, but also listen to the skill of the musicians. Just because it is a string quartet playing, don't think it's boring.

In summary, this is a suspenseful, beautiful movie.


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