The Beast in the Heart

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The Beast in the Heart
Don't Tell
The Beast in the Heart.jpg
Directed by Cristina Comencini
Produced by Marco Chimenz
Giovanni Stabilini
Written by Cristina Comencini
Giulia Calenda
Francesca Marciano
Starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Alessio Boni
Luigi Lo Cascio
Distributed by Lionsgate Films
Release date
  • 9 September 2005 (2005-09-09) (Italy)
  • 17 March 2006 (2006-03-17) (U.S.)
Running time
120 minutes
Language Italian
Budget ~6,000,000

The Beast in the Heart (La bestia nel cuore / a.k.a. Don't Tell) is a 2005 film directed by Cristina Comencini, based on the novel written by herself.

It was nominated for Golden Lion prize at the Venice International Film Festival. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the 78th Academy Awards.


Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. But lately nightmares start disturbing her, just as she discovers she is pregnant. Her childhood, spent with an older brother, has a dark secret hidden within her heart, and she goes to visit her brother in America, to try to understand what 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 in the heart".



  • David di Donatello Awards for the Best Supporting Actress: Angela Finocchiaro
  • 3 Nastro d'Argento Prizes (Best Supporting Actress: Angela Finocchiaro - Best Cinematography: Fabio Cianchetti - Best Producer: Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz and Giovanni Stabilini)
  • Volpi Cup for the Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival: Giovanna Mezzogiorno

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