Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini)

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Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah), PIRANHAS follows fifteen year-old Nicola (newcomer Francesco Di Napoli) who lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanità neighborhood of Naples, a place that has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries. Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclub bottle service, Nicola and his group of friends begin selling drugs, an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime that begins to threaten their innocence, relationships, and safety of their families.


  • Francesco Di Napoli
  • Viviana Aprea
  • Mattia Piano Del Balzo
  • Ciro Vecchione
  • Ciro Pellechia
  • Ar Tem
  • Alfredo Turitto
  • Pasquale Marotta
  • Luca Nacarlo
  • Carmine Pizzo

Did You Know?


  • The protagonist had not auditioned, had never enrolled in drama schools but as a job he was a baker and was taken for the right script for the type of boys
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Jul 29, 2019

Claudio Giovannesi’s film is more an interesting tweak of Goodfellas than an eye-opening social statement.

Metacritic review by Pat Brown
Pat Brown
Slant Magazine
Feb 15, 2019

The screenplay struggles to rise above the level of a sociological study into the realm of exciting cinema.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 15, 2019

Piranhas feels a bit like a teen movie that just happens to have a Cammora backdrop, rather than a serious, nuanced drama about the paranza system – essentially, the grooming of underage kids as drug runners and Mafia footsoldiers.

Lee Marshall
Screen Daily