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Don't Tell

Don't Tell (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

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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

Aug 15, 2006

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Don't Tell, Italy's submission for the foreign-language Oscar, has strong performances, but the story takes too long to get off the ground.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Well worth seeing for its sensitive and never maudlin portrayal of a sister and brother bonded together by a family secret.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It manages to treat a disturbing subject without despairing.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Days of Our Lives fans, enjoy.

March 17, 2006
New York Post
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A persuasive if not groundbreaking drama.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Don't Tell, which was unaccountably nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, is no better than a second-tier candidate for the Lifetime Channel.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film meanders and becomes painfully arbitrary in its storyline... Child abuse + funny lesbians = hilarious!!!

March 21, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Though tackling such potentially subversive subjects as incest and lesbianism, this inexplicably Oscar-nominee from Italy is basically a Lifetime Original performed as a magic show.

March 19, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

Here's the problem with Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell: it should have been directed by Pedro Almodovar.

March 17, 2006
Reel.com

It's swiftly paced and never dull, but the heavy-handed symbolism comes fast and thick.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Just because American films frequently exploit repressed memories as a plot device in nasty genre pictures doesn't make the genteel Don't Tell a sophisticated or particularly insightful film.

March 16, 2006
Groucho Reviews

Goes off on too many tangents from the central story with irrelevant subplots that might actually have been decent movies on their own.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

A not-bad soap opera.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A well-acted melodrama with some engaging characters and a storyline that holds the attention

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Comencini is attempting to put on some kind of show about modern gender and sexuality issues, but that's all it is: a show, and a fatuous one at that.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Don't Tell

[font=Century Gothic]In "Don't Tell," Sabina(Giovanna Mezzogiorno) dubs television shows into Italian for a living and lives with her boyfriend, Franco(Alessio Boni), a theatre actor who has just been offered a plum role in a TV medical drama. In her spare time, she visits her blind friend, Emilia(Stefania Rocca), who has a long-simmering crush on her. As Sabina is in the process of transferring her parents' remains while considering starting a family, she has a nightmare indicating that she may have been sexually abused as a child. She decides to visit her brother, Daniele(Luigi Lo Cascio), a professor at the University of Virginia, who she has not seen in several years, to get some answers...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Don't Tell" is a mildly interesting movie but there is not much drama beyond a couple of obvious revelations. It does not help that the subplots take center stage for a good deal of the film, either. And it is strange that the most memorable part of the film is the architecture.(Even Emilia's grotto is cool.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The movie is about family, extended and otherwise, and how through miscommunication, incidents from the past are avoided until they become toxic. But secrets never stay buried forever, do they? So, looking back at one's formative years, there may be a certain amount of pain which leads to anxiety when contemplating a possible future of a family of one's own.[/font]
July 27, 2007
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Walter M.

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This Italian movie, La Bestia Nel Cuore was also an Oscar nominated movie in 2005. It was based on her own novel "The Beast in the heart," director Cristina Comencini showed with this movie an issue of family secrets. Through Sabina, played by beautifully Giovanna Mezzogiorno, anxieties, nightmares, and through her brother Daniele's flashbacks of his childhood , to what their parents did to them, we could feel the painful memories.There were some subplots, like the infidelity of Franco while Sabina was away, a lesbian relationship that developed between Emilia and Maria which was not really necessary, along the main story of incest, it could only make it distracting.The message brought over from this movie was no matter how low you might have reached in your life,or how damaged you feel, there will always be a chance to renew and silence the demons from the past.
May 22, 2010
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Daisy Maduro

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  • La Bestia nel cuore (DE)
  • Don't Tell (La Bestia nel cuore) (UK)
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