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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.
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."
I can't tell anyone about this film.
Breathtaking, attention-grabbing, edge-of-my-seat movie. On the surface it feels wee bit slow, tempo-wise. But that’s the beauty of it. Throughout, I didn’t have a moment of distraction, even though it was a rewatch. It’s almost perfect.
I've seen this previously and enjoyed it but when it was suggested that I watch it again I wasn't that bothered. But watch it again I did and it's really good. An intriguing story coupled with lots of lovely emotion make this a little gem.
AWESOME! A great twisty neo-noir film. Can't believe it took me so long to see it.
Excellent French thriller
Pretty solid up until a pretty anti-clamactic ending.
Modern Day Hitchcock. Just a perfect mystery - beautifully shot, economically told, well acted, and perfectly paced. If the ending hit my emotional button a little harder, I'd give it 5 stars. Two of my favorite set pieces: The U2 sequence and the foot chase (Dude really bit the asphalt there, didn't he?). Every character in this film is fleshed out and serves a purpose, and for being such a maze of a plot, it all makes sense and is fairly easy to follow - though even after my 4th viewing I'm still finding little details that shed even more light. Even "that moment" in most thrillers where someone explains what actually happened makes sense here - and actually enhances the ending. Great flick.
Tip to all aspiring mystery writers, novel or screenplay: mysteries are inherently interesting, and it doesn't take much to grab the attention, but do try to add character shading and thematic resonance (why not? You already have our attention - go wild) - and most importantly, try not to resolve the mystery by having someone sit down and explain every bloody little bit of it right at the end.