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Release Date: February 8th, 2003

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
In a small town in Italy in 1978, 9-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) finds Fillipo (Mattia Di Perro), seemingly dead in a deep hole in the ground, while on a bike ride with friends. Terrified of what he has seen, Michele decides not to tell his father. After returning to the scene, Michele discovers that Fillipo is still alive and bound by a chain. Michele continues to keep his secret as he makes several visits to Fillipo, who has no memory of the events leading up to his captivity.

Cast: Giuseppe Cristiano, Mattia Di Perro, Adriana Conserva, Fabio Tetta, Giulia Matturo, Stefano Biase, Fabio Antonacci, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Director: Gabriele Salvatores

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Medusa Film, Cattleya, Colorado Film, Alquimia Cinema S.A.

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Friendship, Growing up, 1970s, Mystery, Small town, Father

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  • The fascination here is not so much the surface drama, though that is suspenseful and sometimes shocking, but Michele's inability to grasp the nature and extent of the evil that surrounds him.

  • I'm Not Scared is a reminder of true childhood, of its fears and speculations, of the way a conversation can be overheard but not understood, of the way that the shape of the adult world forms slowly through the mist. show more

  • A tale of childhood innocence and adult corruption - and the point where the two intersect - I'm Not Scared is a lyrical thriller inspired by the run of kidnappings that befell Italy in the 1970s. show more

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