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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was loosely based on a true story of a kidnapped boy from Milan and the novella written about the incident. See more »

Goofs

When Michele first looks in the hole and finds Fillipo, his shirt changes from scene to scene from the red shirt he was wearing while playing with his friends that day to alternating with each camera shot to the white tank top that he is wearing the next day when he returns to the hole. See more »

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Almost a Perfect Film
21 May 2004 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

I don't know what it is about Italian directors, but it just seems that they are more interested in making classic movies than their American counterparts. They don't rely on body counts, car crashes and pyrotechnics. Instead they tell stories and use beautiful images and scenery to enhance it. In "Io non ho paura" we are treated to a coming of age fable that indeed makes one feel young again. We see the world through a ten year old's eyes and sadly, we see how reality starts to over take the innocence of youth. Michele lives in an economically depressed part of Southern Italy. He has a father that is often absent and surroundings that come straight out of Dickens. However, even with very little, he manages to entertain himself and little sister. One day while retrieving something for his little sister, he makes an odd discovery, a child, living in a hole, far away from anywhere. He soon comes to see that this child is being held captive. Of course, being a ten year old, Michele has many wild ideas about why the child is in the hole. However, as the film progresses, Michele starts to grow up and realize what a harsh world it can be. What really makes this movie are the beautiful shots of Southern Italy, where golden fields go as far as the eye can see. And although the film's ending is a slight letdown, overall it is still a wonderful film. Here is hoping that some American directors might find their souls and start trying to emulate this type of cinema. Bravo!


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