My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).
Tell No One
8 years ago Alex's wife was MURDERED. Today... she e-mailed him.
A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death.
Apparently this was going to be a Hollywood film first, but director Canet convinced the author of the novel it is based on that he should direct it. Thank God he did, I fear we would otherwise have missed out on one of the best thrillers of the last ten years.
This film is perfectly scripted and fantastically acted. It starts with a familiar conceit, but by slowly feeding you pieces of an intricate puzzle it manages to keep your interests peeked and your curiosity satisfied. The characters are fleshed out really well and they feel real and that helps lift this thriller, which at its heart feels more like a love story, with its head and shoulders firmly above its peers.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One has to appreciate a good thriller that knows how to be patient and flesh out the set up in order to string the audience along the entire time. It's almost akin to a successful heist where the filmmakers have kidnapped the audience's intrigued. Which going with that metaphor it is one thing when they have obtained your intrigue but it is totally different on what to do with it now and how to keep hold of it. Tell No One for the majority of the time seems to know what to do.
While I say majority, the one aspect that is holding me back is a popular complaint regarding this film that its ending is much too convenient compared…
Perfectly contructed story, you stay puzzled until the end.
Also a beautiful story AND it has some good action scenes.
What else do you want? ;)
Ne le dis à personne
"A paediatrician was the prime suspect when his wife was murdered some years previously. Two more bodies have just been discovered, the police are again interested in him and then he receives an email from his dead wife...
The first time I saw this (July '08) I found it much too complicated to make a satisfying film; although I didn't remember most of what had happened, this time I found that the layers of truth and untruth, the twists and turns made a great film."
Tell No One is a smart, entertaining thriller. I loved everything about this film: the characters, the plot, the twists, the settings, the romance. The story wasn't the slightest bit predictable to me—and I'm the smartass who always solves the mystery five minutes into any thriller.
The story is engrossing in the same way Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book was engrossing. François Cluzet is exceptional in the role of Dr. Alexander Beck. Seeing Cluzet in Tell No One has inspired me to check out some of his other films.
One of the few engaging, compliment-worthy, strictly plot-driven films.
Well-constructed and neatly avoiding dwelling on sordid details and gore, this movie is a suspenseful, intelligent thriller supported by solid acting performances, even if the story takes a little too long to get going.
A man, after eight years of believing his wife to have been murdered, suddenly finds out that it may not be the case. At the same time, he becomes the suspect in the murders of two more men who were found at the same site.
The first half of this film didn't grab my attention all that much. A lot is made of the fact that this man's wife may not be dead after all, but little is added to the idea for quite some time. The film relies on the man's obsession with the idea, but there's just something about it that I didn't find gripping enough. Perhaps it's the pacing, with the film taking a bit too long…
An extremely well-made popcorn thriller, Tell No One is an unusual product: a French film adaptation of the pop beachread thriller by Harlan Coben. It does everything right, and as long as one doesn't focus too strongly on the plot holes, red herrings, and McGuffins, it is entertaining and fun.
Director Gillaume Canet has a firm grasp on the material, and it helps that he adapted the book with the author himself, changing plot details and moving the action from the book's NY location to France.
It has neo-noir elements and a complicated conspiracy that reminded me of The Big Sleep and William Friedkin films, particularly To Live and Die in LA.
Francois Cluzet, a sort of more athletic Dustin…
Tell no one...to watch this film. Boom!
Uitstekend geschreven Franstalig Hitchockiaans intrige
Alexandre Beck (Francois Cluzet, Intouchables) verliest tijdens een romantische zwempartij na een korte discussie zijn vrouw Margot (Marie-Josée Croze) uit het oog. In de schemering hoort Alexandre zijn vrouw schreeuwen om hulp. Hij springt direct het water in, maar wordt bij aankomst door een onbekend figuur bewusteloos geslagen en in het meertje gegooid. Het beeld gaat op zwart, alvorens regisseur Guillaume Canet acht jaar vooruit spoelt. In tegenstelling tot zijn vrouw heeft Alexandre het voorval op miraculeuze wijze overleefd. De zaak is echter nooit opgelost. Totdat Alexandre een merkwaardig bericht in zijn emailbox ontvangt.
Dat moment is het startpunt voor Canet. Canet maakte met Ne Le Dis À Personne zijn eerste speelfilm, en schrijft op…
Cool thriller/mystery that seems to be in line with "The Vanishing" for a little while but then morphs into more of an action thriller. It's solidly engrossing the entire time but it could do with a bit of tightening by the end. If it takes 30 minutes of dialogue for the plot to be tied together then your plot is just a bit too complicated for its own good.
Liked it less than I have before as I now see and agree that the epilogue could have been scraped out, but Canet has displays if technicality fluid as admired, and all actors are committed to the stupid shenanigans of the writing. B
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