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I'm Not Scared (2003)

Io non ho paura (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 May 2004 (USA)
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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Country:

Italy | Spain | UK

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As the film is mainly told from a child's point of view, director Gabriele Salvatores instructed his director of photography Italo Petriccione to shoot most of the film at a child's height. See more »

Goofs

When Michele is getting ready to leave Filippo after giving him the bread, the rope going into the hole disappears quickly for one shot and then reappears for the rest of the scene. See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Che gelida manina
from La Boheme
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giocosa
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Boys Will Be Men, and Men Will Be Boys
6 May 2004 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)" has a lot in common with the recent Russian film "The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)."

Both start off with poor pre-teen boys' bullying games that then intersect with their returning fathers' parallel adult realities. The contrasting conclusions reflect different national temperaments and the possible political messages in the films.

A major difference is the look that surrounds the contrasts between childhood innocence and male brutishness (abetted by cowed female complicity), where the Russian film is practically in a frigid black and white, the Italian film has the lush, sentimental cinematography of Italo Petriccione, who also worked with director Gabriele Salvatores on the dreamily beautiful "Mediterraneo."

The suspenseful thriller aspects roped me in, though the tension was undercut a bit by the Lavender Hill Mob antics of the conspirators, but the bumbling added to an uneasy feeling of unpredictability, aided by the suspenseful music by Ezio Bosso and Pepo Scherman.

We literally see the happenings through the eyes of the children, which is helped enormously by the unusually expressive and naturalistic child actors Giuseppe Cristiano and Mattia Di Pierro.


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