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."
Very solid Hitchcockish flick, great cast, air tight plot and very good script. Something missing for me to knock it into the 4 star area , maybe rewatch ability, but very strong thriller.
I'm trying my best to figure out why i had heard so much great things about this film before seeing it. It's just another typical mystery thriller that doesn't to anything particularly bold or ambitious to really stand out on it's own. Guillaume Canet's direction is incredibly flat and downright dull, and the it focuses so hard on trying to constantly one up its audiences that it begins to lose sight of what it's trying to be in the first place. It has a nice wrap up and climax, but by then i was already so bored out of my mind that i really found it hard to care.
A great thriller.
'tell no one'_C-. or C- + Kristin Scott Thomas. otherwise, C- will suffice. there are a few moments
when this film manages to distinguish itself as other than mediocre. and there is Kristin Scott
Thomas who makes the rest of the cast [with the notable exception of the fine François
Berléand, and even he doesn't have a bloody line worth the effort] look like ... the rest of
the cast. every aspect of this film makes me want to say "it could have been great",
but it wasn't, so i won't. the story "runs its tab around the world and into its own back".
directing is almost as passive as Warhol's 'Empire'. lighting is poor. cinematography is poor.
Impactful French thriller. The suspense, mystery, and intrigue are world class. Loads of adroit misdirection.
يك جنايي-معمايي كلاسيك . از لحظه اول تا آخر فيلم ميخكوب بودم . هندي بازي هم نداشت. داستان عالي . بازيگري عالي . موسيقي رواني. به شدت توصيه ميكنم .
Pretty good movie with a few unintentionally laugh out loud moments. Would recommend as long as you have someone smart around to help you figure out the twists you are too slow to know on your own.
Here is a case of the story itself not being all that notable but the way in which it is told elevating the entire film. It has a fantastic cast (side note: I guess Hollywood isn't the only one guilty of casting older men with younger women and then saying their characters are the same age). It is really beautifully shot and also engaging. I kept thinking how elegant everyone was even while they were running scared.
An excellent thriller, tense and gripping. The film suffers, perhaps, a little, from a lengthy 'explanantion' scene towards the end, but the dramatic tension between the actors therein is pitch-perfect, so I'm not complaining. Jean Rochefort delivers one amazing monologue about fear; he is, of course, hiding something, as are many of the characters. On an unrelated note, the police commandant is called Levkowich; perhaps someone involved in writing this is familiar with the work of Ephraim Kishon?
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