More than seventy years after “The Children Are Watching Us” by Vittorio De Sica, the children — the principal victims of domestic violence and of problematic family environments — come back in the spotlight with the film “The Rule of Lead”. As you can guess from the English title that accompanies each of his products, Arrigoni looks more at the foreign and international market than at the Italian one. But you can sense the international attitude also in terms of production values, stylistic approach and from the choice of the story, rather unusual for Italian "traditional" contemporary productions. In the footsteps of Peter Jackson's “The Frighteners”, Giacomo Arrigoni rereads the "rules" of the ghosts forced to remain in the world of the living ones for "unfinished business”, using them in a personal way. The protagonists become the outcasts of society, the outsiders, in an intriguing mix of overseas and national cinemas (some passages with the "invisible" children remind of Gabriele Salvatores’ film “I’m not scared”). Thus The Rule of Lead puts on screen a ghost story that becomes a compelling and surprising thriller investigation, favoring strong and uncomfortable themes; maybe too much for the Italian palates, apparently guilty once again of losing a talent whose deserved honors can’t be found in our limited Italian boundaries.

Arrigoni tries his hand at a thoughtful and nostalgic film that tells the story of two solitudes in search of redemption and recognition, using dark and gothic tones but keeping always a composed framing and avoiding the frenzy that usually accompanies the scenes of suspense and fear.

Arrigoni’s cinematographic universe has faces that talk of contradictions, faults, existential conflicts. The story, imbued with the right surreal atmosphere, develops a bold narrative model that finds in the editing a clear and explicit language that stimulates suspense and imagination. The film has a compelling personal style, half between a surreal tale and the registration of a squalid reality, expressed in the beautiful metaphor of the rule of lead: "each stone can be processed to make something better, precious; every stone, even the most filthy and insignificant one”... You just have to want it and fight for it.

"The Rule of Lead” is a dark tale that blends fantasy style and social issues. Shot in a few weeks, the film has immediately gained prizes and awards. Excellent is the performance of the two protagonists, Marco Continanza in the role of the ghost bandit Humphrey and Gledis Cinque in the role of Lara, the lonely girl who befriends the spirits. Various issues can attract different age audiences. Bravo to director Arrigoni.

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Valeria Vinzani, Film4Life
“The Rule of Lead tells the redemption of a soul, marking a good debut for director Giacomo Arrigoni, here at his first feature film. Once again he chooses a strong social theme at the centre of the story: the important issue of the "invisible children." In this way cinema becomes a way to denounce social problems that too often go unnoticed.”