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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Well worth seeing for its sensitive and never maudlin portrayal of a sister and brother bonded together by a family secret.
| Original Score: 3/4
It manages to treat a disturbing subject without despairing.
Days of Our Lives fans, enjoy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A persuasive if not groundbreaking drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The lifelong shame and trauma experienced by the victims of childhood incest are grippingly dramatized by Cristina Comencini, consummate mistress of Italian family drama, in Don't Tell, probably her most successful film.
Comencini translates these tensions from her novel Beast in the Heart with a literal hand that is inclined to underscore anguished looks with explanatory flashbacks.
Such tales are the issue du jour stateside, which makes Don't Tell's slavish adherence to Dr. Phil-inspired recovered-memory orthodoxies seem more than a touch ingenuous.
A paradigmatically mediocre foreign-film-Oscar nominee.
Powerfully moving but laced with incisive wit.