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New French/Belgian Horror To Look Out For

1: CUB (Welp)
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Been looking forward to seeing this for quite some time. I’ve seen a trailer, and I was really impressed, but I had no idea what they were saying as there was no subs. I don’t mind though, it still felt extremely atmospheric and creepy.

The story seems to be about a group of cub-scouts who are out camping. They all seem to be quite young, definitely not older than 15 yrs of age. Anyways, they’re doing what cub-scouts do, dressed in uniform, singing songs by a campfire, eating marshmallows and telling each other scary stories.

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What they don’t realise, is that it’s more than likely their last night on earth. Some mad little jungle-kid is watching their every move, he is like a demented version of Mowgli from The Jungle Book. The kid has obviously had no contact with the outside world. He was probably brought up with a pack of wolves, his hands look pretty fucking strange, so he could be love child of some horny old man and a wolf, who knows? Growing up in the woods or jungle obviously has it’s benefits, I’m pretty sure the CUB got some pretty impressive jungle DIY weaponry. One thing is clear, he’s planning to take-down every single one of them.

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I’m pretty sure this is the first feature length from writer/director Jonas Govaerts. The reviews have been really good so far, and this being Belgian/French, I’m hoping it’s gonna be pretty damn hardcore.

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9: ALLELUIA (from a previous post)
New film from acclaimed director Fabrice du Welz. Another man who I’m a huge fan of and is responsible for one of my favourite horror/survival/hillbilly movies CALVAIRE. When I first heard that he was back on the scene with a new movie, I just knew we were in for something special.

This film has cleaned up at any festivals that it has played in. Winning awards all across the board like Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director…. the list goes on.

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Another film that I purposely know nothing about. I can tell you that’s it’s based on a true story of real-life serial-killers who were known as The Honeymoon Killers. Personally, I’ve never even heard of them, and although, I wanna google the shit out them, I’m gonna resist and leave it up to Fabrice du Weiz to tell me this tale of terror.

Years back when I first seen his film CALVAIRE, I was blown away by how different he made a very similar premise feel. He took your basic survival horror which at-the-time was overpopulated with a about 50 Wrong Turn movies releasing each year. The film wasn’t insanely gruesome but it most definitely hit a nerve. It also features one of the most fucked up pieces of piano music that I’ve ever heard.

3: AMONG THE LIVING

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This is the third instalment from the guys who brought us INSIDE and LIVIDE. The film was listed for released in 2013, which will give you a rough estimate on how long I’ve been following the fucking thing. If a movie is down for release in 2013, And I’ve got my sights on it, then you can be certain that I’ve been following this the film since early pre-production. Sometimes the wait is almost unbearable, and then to tops it off, I live in fucking Ireland, and the chance of us getting to see any sort of french horror on the big-screen is almost non-existent.

I’m a huge fan of these guys, these dudes played a huge part in restoring my faith in the horror genre. The main thing that attracted me to the film was the cast. They seem to have an all-child cast, I’m not sure how the story will unfold. Maybe they are just young at the start and then the story will fast-forward to when they are adults. I’m not sure, and I’d like to leave that element of surprise until I watch it. Having a bunch of kids fight for survival against some deranged serial-killer sounds great, and I don’t think I’ve seen it in the horror genre before. I am almost certain that this film will be just as brutal as INSIDE and LIVIDE. I just feel ashamed that I haven’t got round to seeing it yet.

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I also wrote a little about their next project in one of my previous posts if you want to check it out. They are apparently the guys who will bring us THE TEXAS CHAINSAW prequel LEATHERFACE. I also didn’t know, but I wrote a little about how I compare them to Martyrs director Pascal Laugier. I wasn’t aware that they were also offered the HELLRAISER reboot. I was delighted to learn that they left the project for the exact same reasons Laugier did… creative differences with the production companies.

I salute you gentlemen.

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20 GREAT FOREIGN MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES ON IRISH/UK NETFLIX

1: THE HUNT (2012)
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This is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Lucas is a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

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2: WHITE MATERIAL (2009)
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Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with a black hero also embroiled in the tumult. All try to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them

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3: DOWNFALL (2004)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

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4:REVANCHE (2008)
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Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.

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5: POLISSE (2011)
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A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.

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6: A HIJACKING (2012)
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The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

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7: CITY OF GOD (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

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8: KATYN (2007)
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An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

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9: HOUSE OF FOOLS (2002)
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In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story.

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10: 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2011)
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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

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11: FUNNY GAMES (1997)
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Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic “games” with one another for their own amusement.

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12: IN THE HOUSE (2012)
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A high school French teacher gets increasingly drawn into a precocious student’s increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend’s family.

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13: DISTRICT 13 (2004)
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Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

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14: CAMP 14
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Shin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. He was a child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He spent his entire childhood and youth in Camp 14, in fact a death camp. He was forced to labor since he was six years old and suffered from hunger, beatings and torture, always at the mercy of the wardens. He knew nothing about the world outside the barbed-wire fences. At the age of 23, with the help of an older prisoner, he managed to escape. For months he traveled through North Korea and China and finally to South Korea, where he encountered a world completely strange to him.

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15: IL DIVO (2008)
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The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

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16; AMOUR (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

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17: HIDDEN (2005)
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A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

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18: THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.

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19: FALSE TRAIL (2001)
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The sequel to Jagarna (1996), the film concerns Erik who is asked to return to his hometown in Sweden to solve a brutal murder. Although hesitant to go back due to unfavourable memories of the town, Erik accepts, but finding an answer to the murder proves a complex task.

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20: THE PUSHER (1996)
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A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

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HIOPE THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 😉

NEW FOREIGN HORRORS PART 1

image image1 AMONG THE LIVING (Aux Yeux des Vivant)
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Three kids who decide to skip school in order to explore an abandoned amusement park catch site of a woman being dragged through a field by a masked man.

MY THOUGHTS

I had almost lost my faith in the horror genre until I stumbled on French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo & ulien Maury. I wasn’t impressed with the direction modern day horror was taking. It was hard to find something with an 18cert, hard to find any film that would push the boundaries of cinema , disturb you, and give you sleepless nights. These guys and a handful of other filmmakers seemed to be our last hope.

In 2007 a film was released called “inside” (À l’intĂ©rieur). The film was one the most disturbing films in recent years, full of blood, mayhem, tension & violence. It had a storyline that sounded horrible (especially if you’re female) when I seen the movie, I was left with my mouth hanging open, gagging for more. I knew right there and then that whoever made this movie needed to be watched, & watched very closely, whoever made this film actually made a horror film for the horror fans.

The second movie they released (livide) took a completely different direction. Livide had an old-school vibe to it. This time focusing on more of a dark & disturbing fantasy film than a horror film but still managed to get under your skin.

“Among the living” will mark their third feature. I have watched as much as I can without trying to spoil anything. It has been described as a horror movie with a “stand by me” feel to it.

The trailer is fantastic and I am very intrigued to see what they’ve done with the movie. Knowing that they’ve released some of the most disturbing  and best horror in recent years, I can’t wait to see a extreme horror based on this story that they’ve got.

2: CANNIBAL (a love story)
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Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he’s also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life and love awakens.

MY THOUGHTS
I have just watched the trailer for this and that is all. I have read some positive reviews about it but also some negative ones. I didn’t have any subs on the trailer I watched so I don’t even know what they were saying but it still managed to grab my attention.

It’s seems like a very slow driven character orientated film. I wouldn’t think that there is that much violence in the movie but I’m pretty sure that when there is some, then it’s gonna shock us to the core.

Seems brilliantly acted, beautifully shot and I’m looking forward to its release on blu-ray or limited theatrical….if we ever get it here.

3: ASMODEXIA
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Five days in the lives of an exorcist (Eloy Palma) and his granddaughter (Alba), working in the Barcelona area.

MY THOUGHTS
I have been waiting for a long time for something to come out of Spain that follows in the footsteps of “[rec]”. I was immediately hooked when i watched the trailer. When I posted the trailer on my Facebook page a while back, some people liked it, and some people just thought it looked ok.

I thought it looked dark and and vicious and if the trailer is anything to go by then we should have one hell of a horror film.

I know the storyline doesn’t sound that original and some people mightn’t even watch it because they’ve seen too much of that sort of thing but I thinks it looks fantastic and I want to see more!!!

I’m a fan of the horror genre as a whole. I don’t mind found footage horror or any other horror for that matter, just as long as it’s done right. Horror should disturb and shock you. And this looks like it will do the job.

MORE TOP FOREIGN THRILLERS/DRAMAS

1: THE KING OF DEVILS ISLAND
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Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

MY THOUGHTS
I was recommended this film in the comments in one of my previous post’s. It has stayed on my watch-list now for quite some time and I recently got round to watching it.
You really have to be in the right kind of mood to watch this. I loved it and from the official plot you can imagine just what it’s gonna be like. Dark, gritty, tragic and all with some very fine acting from a very believable cast
The film is loosely based on actual events that happened back in 1915. The director and cinematographer done a great job. This isn’t a nice place to be and surrounding area of the boys home is a huge wilderness The actors executed everything perfectly

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MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT
MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1
KILLER INSTINCT #2

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Mesrine was the foremost criminal, public enemy N°1, the man most wanted in France, guilty of 39 crimes. “In the police or newspaper history, Mesrine broke all records”. The film begins with his escape on May 8, 1978. Mesrine was the only man to escape from La SantĂ©. We relieve the 18 crazy months he spent on the run and his encounter with Sylvia who is swept into his madness.

MY THOUGHTS
What is there to say really??, these film(s) have Vincent Cassel and that reason alone should make you want to pick it up and give it a shot. The man is one of the finest actors around today and he gives a powerhouse of a performance no matter what role he is portraying on-screen.
Although like most double features, the film does slip into slowness a few times along the way. No fault in the scripting, directing or the acting. I just thought that one epic feature length film would’ve been better than trying to spread it out over two films. I have been meaning to write about this one, but it’s probably one of the more mainstream world cinema titles which got a huge amount of publicity on its release, so chances are, you’ve all seen it already, but Hopefully some of you haven’t. This still comes highly recommended and is guaranteed to satisfy any action-hound.

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3: ADAMS APPLES
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A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

MY THOUGHTS
I watched this film not really knowing what it was about. It has huge ratings and great reviews everywhere I looked.

I was about 5 mins into the film when I realised that it was also a comedy, a comedy with the strangest atmosphere and mood that one could get when watching a film. As the storyline progressed it just got stranger and stranger and I found myself laughing very hard for all the wrong reasons (if that makes any sense).

The story follows a neo nazi named Adam who has just been released from prison and has do a stint in a local church for other offenders before being released back into society. There he meets a gas station robber , a overweight rapist/sex offender and a female alcoholic who are all staying in the same place. The church is one run by a pastor called Ivan, who is superbly played by Mads Mikkelson . Although Ivan is surrounded by these people, he can’t help but see the good in them. But how much can Ivan take before his suppressed anger starts to show.

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UPCOMING FOREIGN THRILLERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

1: BIG BAD WOLVES
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A young girl goes missing in the woods. She’s soon found, very much dead and upsettingly devoid of her head, the latest victim in a string of terrible child murders plaguing the town. A disgruntled vigilante cop named Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) is absolutely certain that he knows who is responsible, and that person-of-more-than-interest is Dror (Rotem Keinan), a timid and socially awkward schoolteacher. The cop pays off a pair of thugs to savagely beat the teacher in the hopes of getting a confession out of him, but that plan backfires spectacularly and a viral video of the ultimate example of decidedly un-civic police brutality tears across Israel, costing Miki his job. Now, all bets are off.

MY THOUGHTS
I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this one yet and I’ve been on the hunt for it now for a couple of months. It’s not very often we get to see an Israeli horror movie that’s been doing so well and also managed to get Quentin Tarantino saying “best film of the year”. This film looks fantastic and from watching the trailer it reminded me of a very dark Scandinavian crime thriller and we all know the caliber of filmmaking those guys produce. I just have to wait patiently now until it comes my way, and there is no doubt that it will be worth waiting for.

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2: MEA CULPA

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MY THOUGHTS

As soon as I heard that this was the new movie from Fred Cavaye I was immediately drawn to it. If you’re not sure who Fred Cavaye is, In 2010 he released a low budget, fast paced action thriller called “point blank”. A balls to the wall non-stop diamond of a movie which should be an inspiration to any inspiring filmmaker. It was a simple story but executed perfectly which proved that we don’t need some huge budget or out of this world special effects. I have watched a trailer for this film but can’t find it anywhere now. This is one of my most anticipated titles of 2014.

American remake of “point blank” is in the works with writer brad ingelsby who is also in charge of the American adaptation of the flawless and probably the finest action movie of all time “the raid”.

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3: METRO MANILLA
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Looking for a better life in Metro Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family escape their impoverished lives among the rice fields north of the Philippines. Upon arriving, they fall victim to the manipulative ways of city hucksters. Oscar lands a job in an armored truck company. He befriends his senior officer, Ong, who takes Oscar under his wing.Soon, it was apparent that Ong has been waiting for someone like Oscar for a long time.

MY THOUGHTS
An independently shot movie that’s been getting universal praise. I think last year was the first time I’d ever sat down and watched a Filipino movie. The movie was called “the road” and it was an impressive little horror movie with some genuine scares. Since then I try
to keep up to date with releases from the Philippines and loos like we will have some great releases this year. Watch this space folks!!.

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FINEST FOREIGN COMEDIES PART 1- THE INTOUCHABLES

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1: THE INTOUCHABLES
The story follows Driss, he’s applied for a job as a carer helping a quadriplegic man called Phillipe. He has no intention of taking the job. All he wants is a signature so he can prove to the welfare office that he’s actively been seeking employment so he can get benefits. Phillipe is automatically drawn to him, he’s way more different from the rest of the applicants who all just see a disability rather than a human being. So without a hesitation Phillipe gives Driss a months trial and so begins one of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever witness on-screen.

It’s not very often I’d watch a trailer and be in hysterics laughing. I can safely say this film isn’t just a fine comedy but it’s one of the finest films you’ll ever see. I was shocked at how much I laughed all the way through. I had forgotten what good comedy was, as we’ve just been polluted with Adam sandler and Wayan brother movies for what seems like a thousand existences

After watching it I done some reading on it. The film has made movie history is so many countries and is the second biggest film in French history. I can’t fault this film and if anyone did then they would need to go and have their heads examined. A film that’s suitable for all ages and a film that will never leave you after viewing.

Available on american Netflix

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MORE GREAT FOREIGN THRILLERS

1: TELL NO ONE
A superb French thriller that won a lot of well deserved award including best actor and best director. The story of a man who was suspected of brutally killing his wife. Years later two corpses are found in the exact same place as his wife was murdered, so the police start to suspect him again, and things start to get even more crazier when he receives a strange email showing recent video surveillance of his murdered wife alive and well.
A great thriller that can not be faulted in anyway.
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2: 36
probably my all time favourite heist movie. Fast paced French cop thriller that’s still better than the rest 9 years after it’s release.
Starring some of France’s finest actors and a film that has more intelligence than a thousand Hollywood movies.
Police are failing miserably at trying to catch a violent gang of criminals who’ve been pulling off heists.
when a promotion is on the the cards at work, two cops go head to head, using extremely different tactics they battle it out to try and solve the case first, as only one can receive the promotion.
This film was loosely based on events that happened in France during the 1980s and the director of the film was an ex cop who had spent 12 years on the force.
Better than de niro and Pacinos “heat”

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3: I’M NOT SCARED
The story of a young boy who lives a rural and run down part of southern Italy. He is ten years old so he spends his days running in the near by fields with his little sister, doing anything and everything to keep themselves entertained. One day when the kid goes to get something for his sister, he makes a grim discovery. A boy who is being held captive in a large hole in the ground.
This film is stunning to look at. The scenery is breathtaking and the way that the story unfolds is nothing less than genius.

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