Repressed memories return with a vengeance in Italian writer-director Cristina Comencini's adaptation of her own novel La Bestia nel Cuore
. Although memories of a childhood spent with her late parents remain dim, Sabina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), a voice-dubber for Italian TV shows, has a disturbing nightmare involving her father, a severe but kindly high-school teacher. It doesn't take Carl Jung to interpret Sabina's dream: She sees herself as a child, taken from her bed by a man in pajamas and brought into her parents' bedroom. In order to better come to terms with what she suspects was a history of sexual abuse at the hands of her father — memories which she h...