Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Io Non Ho Paura
Italy/Spain/United Kingdom, 2003. Colorado Film Production, Cattleya, Alquimia Cinema, The Producers Films, Medusa Film, Tele+. Screenplay by Niccolo Ammaniti, Francesca Marciano, based on the novel by Niccolo Ammaniti. Cinematography by Italo Petriccione. Produced by Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Maurizio Totti, Riccardo Tozzi. Music by Ezio Bosso, Pepo Scherman. Production Design by Giancarlo Basili. Costume Design by Patrizia Chericoni, Florence Emir. Film Editing by Massimo Fiocchi. Berlin Film Festival 2003. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.
A young boy growing up in a poor, desolate village in the sunburnt countryside of Italy stumbles upon treachery in his own family while playing at an abandoned house with his friends. In the yard of the property he discovers a covered hole wherein lies a little boy who hasn’t seen sunlight in many days. Going back to his house, the boy overhears a conversation between his parents and some neighbours and sees a pleading mother’s cries on television and puts two and two together. Although afraid to get involved, his afternoons of bringing the young victim food and water and helping him to get reacquainted with outside light endear him to his plight and encourage him to get involved in helping him. Like Carlo Carlei’s The Flight Of The Innocent, this involving, skillfully acted drama puts the cold terror of economically-related crime against the pure innocence of a child, and emerges a moving and satisfying experience. Aitana Sánchez-Gijón is excellent as the protagonist’s mother, while Giuseppe Cristiano in the lead gives a powerfully subtle portrayal of the emotional obstacles facing a burgeoning young boy.