I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura) 2003

I'm Not Scared

Critics Consensus

A well-acted and thrilling coming-of-age tale that captures a child awakening to the frightening world of adults.

90%

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88%

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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.

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Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Anna
Ezio Bosso
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Italo Petriccione
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Critic Reviews for I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (10)

  • If you had despaired of Italian cinema ever regaining the lyricism of the Tavianis and Rossellini, I'm Not Scared will come as a welcome surprise. And if you seek a good yarn well spun, you won't be disappointed.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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    March 7, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
    Independent (UK)
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  • A lyrical throwback to such movies as René Clément's Forbidden Games (1952) and other works of the humanist European cinema of a half century ago.

    August 1, 2004

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • A terrific attempt to express a young boy's moral awakening using intense colour schemes, wide-angle lenses and unforgiving close-ups

    June 9, 2004 | Full Review…
  • The director reminds us that not all films require a breakneck pace or ridiculous twists to be effective.

    May 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • Proves once again how accomplished Italian cinema is at seeing the world through a child's eyes.

    May 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

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Audience Reviews for I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura)

  • Feb 20, 2010
    What an ending! This film builds to a shocking finish. The movie focuses on a nine-year old boy Michele who discovers another boy Filippo being held prisoner in a deep hole. Michele soon learns his parents and their suspicious friends are involved in Filippo's predicament. Michele becomes friends with Filippo. His friendship develops into the ultimate sacrifice. Great Italian film!
    George K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    Fabulous creepy film. The guy at the bottom of a hole. Woooooo..
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2009
    Beautifully photographed, and a great kid in the lead role. Was let down by the ending...anticipated something better in my mind. I won't say anything further, because that would be spoiling.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    a good thriller from a child's eye view. great performances by the kids.
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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