I'm Not Scared In I'm Not Scared , Italian children play together in a field of wheat bathed by summer sun -- and yet something about the quality… I'm Not Scared In I'm Not Scared , Italian children play together in a field of wheat bathed by summer sun -- and yet something about the quality… 2004-04-09 R PT101M Foreign Language Mystery and Thriller Giuseppe Cristiano Aitana Sanchez-Gijon Dino Abbrescia Diego Abatantuono Miramax
Movie Review

I'm Not Scared (2004)

MPAA Rating: R
Giuseppe Cristiano, I'm Not Scared | WHO'S 'SCARED'? Beauty and dread saturate a moody Italian thriller
WHO'S 'SCARED'? Beauty and dread saturate a moody Italian thriller
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Apr 09, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 101 Minutes; Genres: Foreign Language, Mystery and Thriller; With: Giuseppe Cristiano and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon; 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.

Originally posted Apr 07, 2004 Published in issue #760 Apr 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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