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Don't Tell (2005)

La bestia nel cuore (original title)
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Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by ... See full summary »

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Cristina Comencini

Writers:

Cristina Comencini (novel), Cristina Comencini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Sabina
Alessio Boni ... Franco
Stefania Rocca ... Emilia
Angela Finocchiaro ... Maria
Giuseppe Battiston ... Andrea Negri
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Daniele
Valerio Binasco Valerio Binasco ... Father
Francesca Inaudi ... Anita
Lucy Akhurst ... Anne
Lewis Lemperuer Palmer Lewis Lemperuer Palmer ... Giovanni
Jeke-Omer Boyayanlar Jeke-Omer Boyayanlar ... Bill
Simona Lisi Simona Lisi ... Mother
Alessandra Mastronardi ... Commessa Amante
Roberto Infascelli Roberto Infascelli ... Assistente Regia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Ferro ... Daniele Piccolo
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Storyline

Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by step she remembers her childhood spent within a severe middle-class family. But a big secret is hidden within her heart. Sabina wants to contact again her brother, a University teacher in the US, to try to understand what is happened in their past. What is the secret? She is determined to bring clarity and serenity in her life. She finally manages to free herself from her "beast inside the heart". Written by 1felco

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Tell See more »

Filming Locations:

Apulia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$896,498 (Italy), 16 September 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,805, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,105, 26 March 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cattleya,Babe Film,Rai Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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lighthearted but conscientious
27 July 2007 | by yuwei-linSee all my reviews

The director has written 4 books and directed 7 films but this is her first film based on her own book. She said it has been a challenging task for her to direct this film because one has to betray the book while directing its film version. It has been a difficult task for her to cut out many written in her book.

In general, it's a well-done film about many unusual relationships: family relationships (including father-daughter, mother-daughter, father-son, mother-son, brother-sister relationships) involved in pedophilia, lesbian relationship, co-cohabiting couple relationship in an adultery, divorced couple relationship in an adultery. Exactly because of such a wide angle about relationships, the core element about victims/survivors of pedophilia has been dealt lightly but conscientiously.

Very good acting from the supporting actresses Angela Finocchiaro and Stefania Rocca. The acting of Giovanna Mezzogiorno is less natural. The anxiety she delivers in this film is not that of being in a pedophilia victim-hood, but more of that of her impersonal and emotionless involvement.

Two scenes I found unnecessary in the film. One is the (imagined) kissing scene of Emilia and Sabina. Enough evidence has been given (though later) suggesting Emilia is a lesbian, so no need of showing this scene. Another disturbing scene is when Franco was watching Sabina playing with his children. I found it redundant to show the detailed scene of Sabina's conversation with the children.

In addition, the plot is well-linked through narrating all correspondences (letters and emails) between the protagonists. A neat idea.


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