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Tell No One [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Mpi Home Video Release Date: 03/31/2009 Run time: 125 minutes Rating: Nr

Based on the book by American author Harvey Coben, this French suspense thriller is one of those exhilarating word-of-mouth gems one can't to tell everyone about. Francois Cluzet stars as Alex, a pediatrician whose beloved wife, Margot (Marie-Josee Croze) was shockingly murdered eight years before. As the anniversary of her death approaches, Alex begins to receive cryptic emails and a video that seems to suggest that she is alive. The discovery of two long-buried bodies at the crime scene turn Alex into some kind of Hitchcockian Everyman, implicated in a crime he could not possibly have committed. But when he makes a mad dash from the police who visit him at his office, he seems to have signed his own confession. This synopsis doesn't even begin to hint at the genuinely exciting and surprising twists, turns, and revelations that await Alex in this Chinese box of a mystery. Brilliantly acted by an ensemble that includes Kristin Scott Thomas and French movie icon Jean Rochefort (Pardon Mon Affaire), Tell No One invites repeat viewings, the better to appreciate the intricacies of its plotting and construction. And if you think you have it figured out, there's this from one character who tells Alex at a climactic point, "Wait, there's more." --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews:

  • Tell No One's care with the detail demands your full attention
    "Tell No One" is a very impressive adaptation by screenwriter/director Guillaume Canet of a Harlan Coben novel. The film was so successful that Miramax and Focus films have bought the English language rights abd plan a re-make (target release date: 2010). Do yourself a favor and see Canet's version. It's doubtful it can be topped.

    The movie's plot is airtight. Its suspense percolates slowly. Its care with the detail demands your full attention. Do so and you'll be rewarded in the end. Canet's direction is masterful. He's more than just a pretty face.

    Canet is better known as one of France's leading actors. Fans of French cinema will recall him opposite Marion Cotillard in the dark (like in pitch black) comedy, Love Me If You Dare. He appears briefly here under his own direction as Philippe Neuville, a character short on screen time, but not inconsequential to the plot's developments.

    I've not seen any work by Fran?ois Cluzet before, even though - yes - he's got the pedigree of being a major star. But - with the exception of a couple of small roles in the mid-nineties in things like Altman's Ready to Wear - Cluzet has worked almost exclusively in French cinema. His character's integrity carries the movie. Many accusations are cast his way during the course of the film. As an audience member, I believed in his honesty and decency. I believed his version of the events to be the truth.

    Personal favorite Marie-Jose Croze plays Cluzet's wife, Margot. Like countless others, I was smitten with this excellent actress after her head-turning appearance in The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares). She's been in very high demand since then, and for good reason....more info
  • Layers of Plot Like Russian Stacking Dolls
    This French movie is a mystery that is richly complex and unfolds slowly. Think of it like a set of 40 Russian stacking dolls, one within the other, each being opened one at a time to reveal another doll, just the same but smaller, inside of it. This film opens with a simple premise - - A French doctor is mourning the death of his wife eight years after she was murdered at their country home. All of a sudden, he gets an e-mail with a video of her walking that has the message 'Tell no one'. He is sure it is her.

    The doctor (Francois Cluzot) begins to ask questions and is thrown off at every level. In fact, the police think he murdered his wife even though a serial killer was convicted of the murder. Two more bodies are found at the country home and the doctor flees for his life, intent on solving this mystery. To tell more would be a spoiler so I'll leave it at that.

    Kristin Scott Thomas gives a fine performance as Cluzot's sister-in-law. The rest of the cast is excellent as well. There is a thrilling chase scene without special effects that is as good as any multi-million dollar computer-animated thrill. The answers begin to unfold and each piece of information just leaves the viewer scratching his head - - until the end.

    I know the end but I will tell no one....more info
  • A Virtuosic Mind Twister of a Film
    TELL NO ONE (Ne le dis personne) succeeds on every level for this viewer. Based on Harlan Coben's novel and adapted for the screen and directed by Guillaume Canet, this is one of those intricately complex French films that is much in the same mode as the 1955 film LES DIABOLIQUES. Nothing is as it appears at first and even when the mystery is explained in what appears to be a systematic, cohesive manner, the 'real story' remains a conundrum. It is a brilliant little film well worth multiple viewings to fully appreciate all of the aspects of the fine acting, cinematography, direction and musical scoring.

    In a misty opening we discover Alexandre Beck (Fran?ois Cluzet) and his beautiful wife Margot (Marie-Jose Croze) only to abruptly be drawn into the murder of Margot and the beating of Alexandre. The incidents are shrouded in mystery and remain so for eight years when suddenly the now pediatrician Alexandre receives an email from the 'deceased' Margot. Alexandre's world is topsy turvy and he begins to share the strange incident with his family - his sister Anne (Marina Hines) and her lover Hlne (a radiant Kristin Scott Thomas), his father, Margot's family...and the police who begin to discover evidence that implicates Alexandre as the perpetrator. Alexandre's lawyer (Nathalie Baye) pits evidence against the police investigators while Alexandre's chief ally in his run from the accusers is Bruno (Gilles Lellouche), the father of a hemophiliac patient whom Alexandre has treated and befriended. The chase is on and the clues become increasingly puzzling until at last the truth of the now eight year old murder and all of the implications of that event unfold.

    If there are seemingly holes in the story it is because we, the audience, are never quite sure about the twists and turns of the plot. The acting is superb from this cast of some of France's finest artists, and one of the best performances in the film comes from British actress Kristin Scott Thomas, reminding us that she is one of the most talented and beautiful actors on the screen today! This is a tough little film to follow, but the quality of both the story and the production is first rate. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, October 08...more info
  • SLOWWWWW
    For a thriller, it sure dragged at times. (I kept checking my watch to see what time it was--that's how slow it was.) I think the reason for this was because it was way too talky--even for a thriller. One thing I like about Hitchcock films was that they were never talky. His films focused more on the character's behavior than speech. All I can say was that I was glad when this movie was over. TELL NO ONE reminded me of CACHE although I thought CACHE was a lot better....more info
  • So Much Better Than The Book
    Great film. Many twist. So glad the French director edited out all the unnecesary small-minded stereotypes that were included in the American author's book that the film was derived from....more info
  • A very exciting thriller: Hitchcockian intrigue keeps you guessing throughout this French "Fugitive"-style film
    This is a very exciting thriller, in the tradition of American films like The Fugitive, but with a unique edge that makes it distinctively French and deliciously diabolical. It is certainly darker (and funnier) than The Fugitive, but it is no accident that there is an American feel, since it is based on a book by Harlan Coben.

    Eight years after his wife's brutal murder, new clues emerge that lead police to once again suspect that Alexander Beck may have killed her. At the same time, he begins to think she may be still alive, and is frantic to find her before he is arrested as a suspect for another related homicide. Director Guillaume Canet keeps you guessing as the plot thickens, revealing bits and pieces of the past as new circumstances help Beck to see that he didn't know his wife as well as he had thought.

    The film looks great, with editing and camera work that helps to achieve a perfect balance of subtle tension and intensity. The performances are all very strong -- and there is a surprisingly intense performance by a bit player, a determined and remorseless tall and skinny female assassin/torture expert, that still haunts me. In fact, I would go as far as to say that her performance created one of the most frightening villians I've seen on the screen in a long time -- even more than the performance of Javier Bardem as Chigurh in No Country for Old Men -- because it was just as intense but more plausible. Definitely recommended for lovers of French Cinema, but also for those who think that French films tend to be too cerebral and cannot deliver the thrills. This one hits you in both the brain and the gut....more info
  • One of the finest thrillers on film, from an equally fine book. Guillaume Canet and Harlan Coben make a great team
    Says Roger Ebert: "Here is how a thriller should be made."
    Says Stephen Holden of the New York Times: "I watched it twice. It was even better the second time."
    Says me: "I couldn't agree more with them." Tell No One, even without the quotes, is one of the best thrillers I've seen in a long, long time.

    Alexander Beck and his wife, Margot, both much in love, have gone for a bit of evening skinny-dipping in the country. There's a minor disagreement and she dives back in from the float and heads to the shore. He hears her cry out and swims as swiftly as he can after her. When he reaches the small dock and starts to pull himself out, he's met by a baseball bat. While he's in a coma for three days his wife is found dead with severe bruising and cuts, the marks of a known serial killer. But who pulled Beck out of the water? Who called for emergency medical help?

    Eight years later Dr. Alex Beck, a pediatrician, is told by the police that the remains of two unidentified male bodies have been found in the vicinity of where his wife was murdered. Then he receives an e-mail on his computer. The attachment shows a woman leaving a crowded exit. She pauses and looks at the security camera. The picture is fuzzy. The scene ends. Beck has never remarried and still is haunted by the memory of his wife. He is almost sure this woman is she. The message in the e-mail says, "Tell no one. They're watching."

    The director and co-screenwriter Guillaume Canet has taken the novel by Harlan Coben and, working with Coben, has fashioned a film at least as good as the novel. The film has been crafted with care. You'd best pay attention to every moment. Irrelevant items turn out to be relevant. Assumptions based on how a scene opens turn out often to be not what they seem, but just as reasonable. Canet (and Coben) don't shy away from violence -- there is a memorable woman you don't ever want to displease -- but the violence isn't just for gee whiz show biz purposes. When violence happens, it reminds us to stay alert. Canet takes us all over the place, from Paris slums to society horse events. He has Beck dancing across a highway filled with speeding cars and then hiding out in a dumpster sharing space with garbage and a large rat. The story is just as complicated as Coben's novel (as all his novels are), but -- if you've been paying attention -- all becomes clear. If the cops are after Beck because they think he may have had something to do with his wife's death, it also may be true that others are after him because they think she might be alive. But why?

    Helping immeasurably with the interest and speed of the film are the actors. Francois Cluzet plays Dr. Beck, a capable, resourceful man, but no buff Hollywood hero. Cluzet is not an especially handsome lead actor, and that's all to the good. Surrounding him are such fine French actors as Andre Dussollier as his wife's father, a grieving retired senior cop; Francois Berleand as a sympathetic and smart police officer; Nathalie Baye as a lawyer who knows how to deal with district attorneys; and a fine Jean Rochefort, as well as Kristin Scott Thomas speaking impeccable French as his best friend, a wealthy woman having an affair with his equestrienne sister.

    Tell No One is an excellent movie. And I hope you'll pick up of a few of Harlan Coben's mysteries while you're at it. He started out with several books featuring Myron Bolitar (whose best friend, Win Lockwood, is not a person to irritate). Try the first one first, Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar Mysteries). Coben lately has moved into darker themes, such as Tell No One. His latest is The Woods. Coben knows how to create intricate but logical plots and strong characters. He's a first-class writer. His books are much better than the usual thriller-every-year bestseller that some authors churn out regularly....more info
  • Tell No One
    Tell everyone about "Tell No One." We saw the movie in its French subtitled version and it was one of the best who-done-its we've ever seen. I see a lot of movies and this was one of the best, even though it was in French with subtitles. I would hope that the US DVD release has the option to preserve this viewing mode rather than a dubbed version. If you like stories that are non-linear, have plot twists and leave you guessing until the very end, this is it. My wife and I are both "nuts" about plots that don't hang together well. From our perspective, once there is even a slight chink in the "suspension of disbelief," that's enough to spoil it for both of us. This movie, however, appeared to both of us to be flawless in this regard. Pay attention though. In the end everything does fall into place and then fall into place yet again. The French detective in the film is perhaps known to those in the U.S. audience who have seen either or both of the Transporter movies. Enjoy this edge of the seat, roller coaster of a thriller. ...more info
  • One of the Best of 2008
    I never read a thing by Harlan Coben, whose book is adapted here. But this thriller, "Tell No One," will doubtlessly bump up sales of Coben's other books. I surely will investigate this author now. The film has got it all: engaging plot, fine acting, nonstop action, sharp cinematography, a good musical score, and a moving conclusion that will leave you thinking about it for days on end. The French production is excellent. My only complaint is about the white subtitles, which wash out from time to time. I hope the DVD uses a far more readable yellow.

    The premise of the movie hinges on the brutal murder of a doctor's wife late one night at an isolated lake where the couple had been swimming. The doctor is knocked out cold as he attempts to rescue his distressed wife and recalls nothing. Her murder is pinned on a serial killer. Case closed. Eight years later two bodies are discovered by the lake, and the doctor receives a bizarre email with a video attached of his wife looking forlornly into the camera and then going up an escalator. Case reopened. Twists, turns, intrigue, drama, and brilliant plotting begin.

    I strongly recommend this movie to all mystery and cinema fans. Your satisfaction is virtually guaranteed. As a previous reviewer said, "Tell everyone" about "Tell No One." ...more info