Movies that are slightly off.
Tell No One
Eight years ago Alex's wife was murdered. Today she emailed 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 may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There is a point in Tell No-One, about half an hour from the end, where you realise pretty quickly that this isn't going to end well. And by that, I don't necessarily mean for the lead character - I mean the film itself.
In this day and age, any film that ends with the unmasked villain sitting and confessing his sins and why he has done what he has is almost unforgivable in my eyes. In this case, the chap in question might as well have just come out and said, "And I've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that pesky François Cluzet!" Except in French, obviously.
But it's a sign of how well this film progresses…
Guillaume Canet is fantastic. The utterly sensational Les petits mouchoirs was my first experience with the director and this film did not disappoint. It's one of the best thrillers of the decade.
Visually, the film is immensely beautiful. Every moment feels alive and unpredictable. The story unravels slowly and carefully, full of tension of subtle emotion.
Kristin Scott Thomas graces the film with her divine presence and François Cluzet is wonderful. The entire cast works beautifully.
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? ;)
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"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."
Some idiosyncratic beats/ideas, but otherwise just a solid thriller.
A little too info dump of an ending and a little too convoluted. Still, solid.
Excellent, twisting film, with one of the very best soundtrack-to-scene moments I have experienced, as though it was written as a music video for U2's "With or Without You."
Tell No One will, as Jack Black says in School of Rock, "test your head, and your mind, and your brain."
Partly that's because it is a truly fast paced thriller which one must keep up with while reading French subtitles. Sometimes we had to go back and reread a couple which were obliquely referring to plot points while delivered quickly in brief bursts. However, it was definitely worth it.
This director must love American thrillers. Tell No One has the pacing, sound, look, and (most importantly) plot of a top notch Hollywood thriller. Partly that's because the original story is from Harlen Coben who cowrote the script with the director. Partly that's because the acting and directing were right…
A surprisingly captivating thriller with Francois Cluzet (from the Untouchables) and with a very fake make-believe end, flowers and all. So glad this was recommended to me by a friend. But again I wonder why the french films keep using english language soundtracks?
பார்த்ததில் மிகவும் ரசித்தது : 071.
இப்படத்தின் தலைப்பை போல படமும் யாரிடமும் சொல்லாமல் கடைசி ஷாட் வரை பயணிப்பது, இதுபோன்ற படங்கள் நாம் பார்த்திருந்தாலும் இந்த படத்திற்கான சிறப்பு நடந்த ஒரு சம்பவத்திற்கு யார் காரணமென நாம் சந்தேகிக்கும் ஒரு ஒரு கதாபாத்திரங்களோடும் அதே சந்தேகத்தினூடே பயணிக்கும் கனகட்ச்சித திரைக்கதை.
பெரும் புரிதலுடன் வாழும் தம்பதிகளின் வாழ்வில் நடைபெறும் ஒரு சம்பவத்தில் மனைவி மரணமடைய அவளது உடலை காவல்துறையில் பணிபுரியும் அவளது தந்தையே அடையாளம் காட்ட சம்பரதாயங்களுடன் எரியூட்டப்படுகிறது கணவன் சில நாட்கள் கோமா நிலைக்கு சென்று திரும்புகிறான் அதற்கு எட்டு வருடங்களுக்கு பின் நகரும் கதையில் தனது மனைவியின் தாயாரே தன்னை வேறு திருமணம் செய்து கொள்ள அறிவுறுத்தும் சூழலில் தனது மனைவியின் மெயில் ஐடி யில் இருந்து தனக்கு வரும் மெயில் யார் அனுப்பியது என கணவனின் தேடல், இந்த தம்பதியரின் விபத்து நடந்த அதே பகுதியில் இரண்டு உடல்கள் கண்டெடுக்கபட இறந்த இவனது மனைவியின் தற்போது வரை யார் குற்றவாளி என கண்டுபிடிக்காமல் நிலுவையில் உள்ள வழக்கும் மீண்டும் விசாரணைக்கு உட்படுத்தபடுகிறது.
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Neatly spun thriller.
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