Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Don't Tell (2005)

Dark shadows from a woman's past come back to haunt her in this drama from writer and director Cristina Comencini. Sabina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) would seem to have a charmed life -- she has a successful career as a voice actress, a loving and supportive relationship with her boyfriend, Franco (Alessio Boni), and a pair of close friends she can confide in, Maria (Angela Finocchiaro) and Emilia (Stefania Rocca). But Sabina's contented existence is shattered when she inadvertently dredges up a long-dormant memory of how during her childhood she was sexually abused by her father. Confused and ashamed, Sabina finds it impossible to talk about her memories with Franco and her friends, but the terrible images refuse to go away. Seeking closure, Sabina travels to the United States to talk to the one person who may have a true insight to her problems, her brother, Daniele (Luigi Lo Cascio). Originally released in Italy as La Bestia nel Cuore, Don't Tell premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

A very gripping tale of family secrets and how it effects relationships-mostly for the worst.
But I fail to see the logic in making rash decisions that can concern Sabina's health or the health of the baby for something that happened 20 years ago. After you learn a deep dark and hidden secret from your past, does that in essence change you as a person or are you still the same person.

Also it is funny the way Daniele treats his children, at least until the end of the film. There has been plenty of messed up children by not being loved and shown affection when they were young. So in trying to avoid what happened to him could easily create more problems in his children.

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