My five 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."
This incredibly effective French thriller feels very much like something hitchcock might make today. It's protagonist, played by François Cluzet who carries the whole movie, is an everyman who's wife is brutally murdered. 8 years later the case is reopened and he becomes the prime suspect. This unfolds into a complex web of corruption and cover ups that feel believable and rarely forced.
While it would be completely unnecessary, the format of the film makes it pretty much guaranteed for an American remake within the next 5 years. I'll be very surprised if that doesn't happen. Do yourself a favor and check this out before it stars George Clooney.
So many characters and a pretty complex story but they manage it well. 7 outta 10. April 10, 2014: update. Just looking back on my 2014 movie journal I’m shocked to see how little I wrote about this. I guess I was really short on time. So, here’s a little more: this stars the same guy that was in “The Intouchables” which I had watched only a day before so I was really surprised to see this actor pop up again. So with that connection at hand, you may have guessed correctly that this is also a French film. I just checked and the actor’s name is Francois Cluzet. I’m assuming he’s a big name in France but I really don’t know. Well, that’s it. I just wanted to add a little more.
Watched with Jonny S Millennium Tower
Watched with Robert and Mum at Home
A pretty decent thriller ruined by a third act of people sitting around explaining things.
Canet sforna un altro polar di classe.
Jean Rochefort nella parte del cattivo è sublime.
Altra sfilata di volti (e corpi) del cinema francese
nero e non solo.
Thriller entretingut i satisfactori, que com a punts febles té un excessiu ús de cançons i un metratge allargat.
An entertaining and satisfactory thriller that, as a weak aspects, it should be point out the excessive use of songs and the extended lenght.
Az alapfelvetés nagyon jó, bár a film vége fele kiszámítható válik minden és akkor már nem nagyon van miért izgulni. A film elején lévő rejtélyes kapcsolatfelvétel később unalomba fullad. A szokásos francia filmes elemek itt is visszaköszönnek, mint a család, melyet a múltból visszanyúló eltitkold tettek tartanak rettegésben. Jó próbálkozás volt, de mellé ment.
An amazing thriller that Hollywood--with its endless attraction to CGI and explosions--could look to as a model. In most American movies of this genre, emotions are secondary, and characters' humanity is revealed in quick, broad strokes that allow us a modicum of sympathy before the director throws his principles into some bombastic peril. Here, we get the opposite: a gripping plot that's all the more engaging for the quiet way the main characters are established as people. That is, our heroes are real sentient beings for whom we have attachment, and thus, major investment in seeing them right wrongs and evade evil.
A phenomenon at the French box office, Guillaume Canet's take on Harlen Coben's multi-million selling novel is an energetic blend of Hollywood thrills and French cinematic style with big crossover appeal."Tell No One" tells the story of pediatrician Alexandre Beck (Francois Cluzet) who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife. Margot (Marie-Josée Cluzet), eight years earlier.
Two bodies are found near where Margot's body was found, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect once again. He finds himself implicated in the murder of two people, with plenty of evidence pointing to him as the killer even though he knows nothing of the crimes. That same day, the mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with…
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