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I'm Not ScaredIn I'm Not Scared, Italian children play together in a field of wheat bathed by summer sun -- and yet something about the quality of light in this...I'm Not ScaredMystery and Thriller, Foreign LanguagePT101MRIn I'm Not Scared, Italian children play together in a field of wheat bathed by summer sun -- and yet something about the quality of light in this...2004-04-08Dino AbbresciaDiego AbatantuonoDino Abbrescia, Diego AbatantuonoMiramax
Giuseppe Cristiano, I'm Not Scared
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I'm Not Scared

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language; Starring: Giuseppe Cristiano, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Dino Abbrescia, Diego Abatantuono; Director: Gabriele Salvatores; Author: Niccolo Ammaniti, Francesa Marciano; Release Date Limited: 04/09/2004; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 101; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Miramax

In I’m Not Scared, Italian children play together in a field of wheat bathed by summer sun – and yet something about the quality of light in this enjoyably sinister drama conveys foreboding. The gaggle at play, including 10-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano), challenge each other, as kids do, with pint-size dares. The adults, meanwhile, are up to something far more menacing, which Michele accidentally uncovers: He stumbles across a secret bunker at a derelict farmhouse and glimpses what appears to be a small human foot.

The film is adapted by Gabriele Salvatores (”Mediterraneo”) from Niccolò Ammaniti’s best-selling novel of the same name. With a taste for dark lyricism, the director delicately emphasizes the contrast between surface innocence and subterranean danger, and between grown-up secrets and boyhood bravery.

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