I’m Not Scared

Director: Gabriele Salvatores

Italy/Spain/UK • 2003 • Drama/Mystery • 108 mins English subtitles

This Leaving Certificate Comparative Study title for 2012/2013 tells the story of Michele, a ten-year-old boy who fills long summer days riding his bike and running through wheat fields in rural southern Italy. But this playful time is interrupted with the discovery of a hole in one of the fields, revealing a young boy of similar age chained and imprisoned. Michele attempts to befriend the starving boy and the plot unravels to reveal shocking secrets about the adults in the village. Stunning cinematography powerfully frames this loss-of-innocence story set against the rural Italian landscape.

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