The good performances, great directing, excellent music score and well-written characters prevent the viewer from seeing the flaws in LA BESTIA NEL CUORE (THE BEAST IN THE HEART) until it's over. Therefore, one can still have a good time while watching it. A woman named SABINA realizes that she was raped as a child... during the first 10 minutes. She gets close many times to facing it, but she doesn't do that until the 90-minute mark. The remaining 20 minutes stretch the story with unnecessary developments.
The movie ends with the implication that everything will be OK just because she knows more details about her rape. What?! That's not how people overcome a trauma! Also, the movie is a little sexist. SABINA thinks all men have sex with anyone anytime they can... and then her boyfriend FRANCO cheats on her. Maybe it wouldn't have felt sexist if she hadn't yelled at him "I know you're going to cheat on me eventually!" There are also little insults disguised as jokes (like "You men can't do 2 things at the same time" and "You see? Us men are sensitive. [...] OK, we're not; I knew about it for another reason"). SABINA's blind friend EMILIA is secretly in love with her. In one scene, MARIA (another friend) reads a letter from SABINA to EMILIA where she says that she knows about her feelings. And she thought that the best way to address it was through a letter?! While someone else was reading it?! Bitch! Eventually, EMILIA and MARIA start dating. After fighting, EMILIA says "I love you. I need you. I don't want to go back to that house all by myself". Ummm... That sounds like co-dependance; not love.