Salvatores's film concerns a shocking crime uncovered by a child in rural Southern Italy. Wandering near his remote village one summer day, 10-year-old Michele (Cristiano) discovers a filthy young boy (Di Pierro) imprisoned in a pit, and gradually attempts to understand how he got there. What he eventually uncovers about what's really going on -- and who's responsible -- will rob him of his (up to now) happy childhood.
Told from the point of view of children who become victims of desperate and corrupt adults, this vivid, nightmarish suspense tale (by the director of the Oscar-winning "Mediterraneo") speaks to the fleeting nature of innocence in a morally bankrupt world. This unique and first-rate thriller will hold you captive straight through to its heart-pounding conclusion. Don't be scared to seek it out.