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I'm Not Scared 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars (40) IMDb 7.5/10

In this eerie and powerful film Michele is a 10-year-old boy who plays in the wheat fields. One day he finds a boy chained in a hole who has been starved and mistreated.

Starring:
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Dino Abbrescia
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, International
Director Gabriele Salvatores
Starring Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Dino Abbrescia
Supporting actors Giorgio Careccia
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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An introverted village boy discovers another boy imprisoned in a hole in the ground, and goes on to find out why he is kept there...
The whodunit element of the storyline, adapted from the novel by Niccolò Ammaniti, provides the film with a backbone, but I think it is not its main attraction. Although the front of the dvd box screams at us: Secrets! Betrayal! Murder! and the summary on the back promises us a 'suspense thriller' about an 'unspeakable crime', this is no fare for those who insist on gore and adrenaline. Most of the unpleasantness is verbal or happens between the scenes we are shown. But this story doesn't need big shocks to keep you (or at least me) watching.
To me this is a beautiful, contemplative film about how normal people may behave in the face of a crime they can't choose to overlook. You can't really tell what the characters will say or decide next, how they will react to the other characters' actions. You care for the people and you want them to make the 'right' choices - but you don't always know which option is morally preferable.
The child actors are absolutely brilliant... they are never too cutesy, and in fact you can never catch them acting. Both the children and the established adult actors are completely natural and convincing 'real people'. The dialogues are very well written, but the actors seem to be even better when they have no lines. Melodramatic outbursts are carefully avoided, as are easy conclusions about who's bad and who's good.
All this is set in a countryside that looks endless but is claustrophobic at the same time, and backed by a soundtrack that knows its place. In short: a pleasure to watch. In spite of the subject matter it won't depress you.
I have no complaints about sound and image quality, but I was a bit disappointed that the extras found on the Italian edition (making-of, director's commentary, gallery, trailer) are entirely absent from this version.
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As with other reviewers, the box blurb was totally off-key. What I found was a beautifully photographed, thought provoking and deeply moving picture. There is little here for those who want the slam-bang of a Hollywood kidnap thriller. To me the kidnap was a secondary element to the themes of enlightenment and awakening. The way the director uses light, and the absence of light to illustrate the mental darkness in which Michele is held by his childish longing for his father's attention but how as he becomes aware of his father's role in the kidnapping and passive acceptance of the abusive nature of his co-conspirators, his illusions of his father as an heroic figure become shattered to the extent that he starts to loathe his father's selfishness in putting the family at physical, emotional and certainly moral risk. That his mother commences the same journey of enlightenment as she begins to sense Michele's awakening only adds to the depth of the story. Excellent character development and sublimely acted, particularly by the child lead.
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By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2005
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I would highly recommend this beautifully scripted and photographed film. I expected to see quite a creepy film about kidnap and murder (as it says on the cover of the DVD), however it failed to mention much about the talented young italian actors playing free, adventurous friends and the fabulous cinematography across the wild, rural landscape of Italy. I saw this film at a local Film Society and it has been by far the most moving and beautiful foreign film I have seen.
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This Italian film rises above the conventional thriller on many levels. Foremost, its stunning cinematography thrusts the viewer into the midst of the desolate sun-scorched grain fields (farmed by absentee landlords) and the grinding poverty of the Mezzogiorno--the deep South of Italy (The film was shot in the province of Potenza). The eye of the camera not only sweeps over the immense golden landscape, sharply contrasted by vivid blue skies and gathering clouds on the horizon, but it also focuses on the minute components of that landscape: the blood-red poppies scattered among the wheat; shiny black ants scurrying over a rotted piece of wood; a cicada clinging to a spike of wheat. The insistent shrilling of the cicadas, in fact, becomes a pulse that contributes to the heightening suspense of this harrowing tale, which is told from the point of view of Michele, a ten-year old boy.

A kind-hearted innocent with a child's sense of the possibilities of magic and an innate sense of justice and the right thing to do, Michele is confronted by frightening realities that no ten-year old should ever have to experience--realities that force him to grow up during the course of the film. The director has cast a series of non-actor children who are totally natural and therefore believable in their roles. The harsh environment has left its imprint on each of them: the cocky young bully who leads the pack; the chubby girl who becomes the perpetual victim of their childish games; Michele, who reluctantly conforms to the unspoken rules of the game; Michele's little sister, whom he protects; and his best friend who ultimately betrays him, because of the ethic of loyalty to family at all times, no matter how horrific the circumstances.
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