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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 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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Salvatores interviewed nearly 600 boys for the part of Michele, ultimately settling for novice Giuseppe Cristiano, the son of a Fiat car worker. See more »

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When the boy first finds the hole, he is wearing a red short sleeved shirt. In the next shot he is wearing a tank top, and then the red short sleeve shirt again. See more »

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No Carbon Copy Boy!
27 February 2008 | by jcappySee all my reviews

Admiration for Gabriele Salvatores' "I'm Not Scared" abounds here, and it comes from several angles, but there is one important point that seems to have gone missing. And that is Michele's singularly un-male identity. Since I do not know Salvatores' work, I don't know his intentions, but there's no mistaking this very rare result.

Michele seems to have a gut instinct about power abuse. And specifically that of the male sort. Twice he intervenes to halt sexist attacks--once on a girl pal, and once on his mother. He does not tell himself it is her business, or his fun, or his right--he acts on what he knows. And his whole rescue mission on behalf of Filippo is in a similar vein, because it is a group of men (blackmailers) who put this young boy in such a vulnerable, life-threatening position. What is convincing about this is that none of his risky responses seem individual or heroic, but rather social/moral in nature. In his public acts, one senses the influence and courage of his mother, Filippo, his sister and others.

And what is remarkable in all this is that Michele has not one masculine impulse. He arm wrestles his father once, but it is hardly a power struggle, and he accepts help from his sister to achieve "victory." He has a convincing, unshowy, and true affection for Filippo, his mother, his sister, and withholds this affection from those whose actions and words have a male cast. He's also unselfconsciously thin and solitary; has an unsentamentalized relationship with nature; and although very much a part of a social web, shows no signs of male bonding (based in female exclusion).

My unapologetic wish is that more Michele's will populate the silver screen--but I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.


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