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Days keep on being packed with labour, both at work and at home. Today I spent a great deal of time at the archives of Helsinki City Treasury. As some of you might know, the Banking Hall of the City Treasury is being rented out, as a cafe or restaurant or whatnot (as long as it is a respectable business and will offer a "meeting place for all members of the community to enjoy"), and this'll mean some serious carrying stuff from place A to place B. Like from the archives, where at least five kilometers of paper and folders will have to find a new place to gather dust. (Of course, as these archives are properly maintained, there is luckily rather little dust around.)

And there I was, moving stuff and packing boxes. When I got home, we did some arranging here as well. We moved the Tiimari-book case from Taimistontie to the new living room and then I organized the basement. Looking good that one, even if I say so myself.

All of this meant that when everything was finally done, it was rather late and I was far too tired to go to the mafia meeting. No news from there, then. I just flopped on the sofa and plodded thru the channels to see whether there's be something worthwhile to watch. Nothing, except I'm Not Scared.

No, not the music video of Eight Wonder, that barely adequate Patsy Kensit vehicle before... Emmerdale(?), or even the Pet Shop Boys version (they of course penned this only decent song Eight Wonder ever recorded - and BTW, those who own a record player and this single, try listening to it on 33 RPM!), but an Italian film from 2003 by Gabriele (Mediterranio) Salvatores.

Io non ho paura
is set in Southern Italy in the 1970's and tells a story of Michele, a 10-year-old boy, who discovers a wee lad of his own age hidden in a hole in the ground near an abandoned farmhouse. Michele realises soon, that his father is part of a kidnapping gang who are holding Filippo for ransom, but at the same time are treating the boy with cruel abandonment.
I'm Not Scared is part coming-of-age story, part family story, with some faint traces of magical realism (well, really faint) and foreboding doom.

I was certain the film had an unhappy ending and for a brief moment there was a tangible possibility for a really classic 1970's ending, but (fortunately?) the story continued for a moment. Really good film, with strong performances from the two youngsters.

Beautiful scenery: dry, sunny Mediterranean fields of golden wheat and clear blue skies. There was also melodrama and evocative music, but as a whole, this was a really good movie and I'm glad I had the chance to see it. Thanks YLE Teema! Once again.

And happy Valentine's Day, belatedly. Especially to you, dearest one!

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