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I'm not really into foreign movies because I don't speak any other language than English and I'm not really fan of reading subtitles. I had to watch this movie a couple of months ago as part of my course so I had not choice but to read the subtitles. I surprisingly enjoyed it.
The movie is a French and was released in 2006 and directed by Guillaume Canet and comes under the genres of Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller. The movie is 2hours and 11 minutes long.
The main character is a doctor Alexandre Beck played by François Cluzet. The plot revolves around him and his wife that was murdered 8 years before by a suspected serial killer. The case is re-opened as bodies where found in the same place as his with then Alexandre becomes the prime suspect. When Alexandre receives an email from his supposedly dead wife he instantly thinks his wife is still alive and sets out on a investigation of his own finding out exactly what really happened to his wife.
The movie is really interesting and has a lot of twists and turns in the plot. There was not a minute of the movie that l was bored as there is so much guessing and assumptions that ran through my mind about the mysterious case of Alexandre's wife.
The movie is in French and I watched it with English sub-titles. The sub-titles where annoying for me because I never watch movies with sub-titles so I wasn't really used to it so It was hard to focus at times. The acting was OK there was nothing really outstanding but I can't really comment fully on it as I missed bit of the acting trying to read the subtitles. There are some parts in the movie where the speaking is fast so lots sub-titles come up quickly but most of the movie is at a good pace so the sub-titles are easy to keep up with. Ben Affleck is rumored to remake the movie in English. I look forward to seeing this as I think it will be better.
The movie itself is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name that was written by American writer Harlen Coben in 2001. The novel made its way to New York Times Best-sellers List and was the first novel of Harlen Corben to make it on their. The book has different names for the characters than the movie which I expected because as the movie is a French adaptation it would obviously have French names to appeal for to their audiences.
I really enjoyed the movie more than I expected and I would recommend it if you good with sub-titles. The movie is rated a 15 which is a suitable age rage as there are murders and a bit of nudity in it. The DVD is available to buy on Amazon new and used from £2.03. I think its worth a look if you can manage to read sub-titles for over 2 hours
If you have read my last couple of reviews you will be aware that I have been reading the novels of Harlan Coben and have found them to be among the best thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. 'Tell No One' was Cobens first book I was introduced to and after giving a glowing recommendation in a recent review I found out that a French film had been made of this story, Lovefilm had the film in their catalogue so of course I added the title as a high priority and they very kindly sent me a copy of the film in my last batch of rentals.
Staying true to the introduction of the novel but changing the Christian names of the lead characters we are introduced to Alexander and Margot. Childhood sweethearts, they are shown in flashback as they share their first kiss underneath a sprawling tree at a large lake owned by Alexander's parents. Marking the occasion and their feelings for each other they carve their initials into the trees trunk complete with a singular line, every year they remain together sees them attending the same place on the anniversary of their first kiss where another line is carved into the tree. Now as adults they continue this tradition until one fateful year when Margot is attacked and killed by an unseen assailant and Alex assaulted and left for dead...
Eight years later and coming up to the anniversary of the kiss and now Margot's death Alex receives an Email from an anonymous source with a link that he can access at a specific time which is significant only to him and his dead wife. When he finally is able to access the link he is bemused to see a webcam trained on a busy street in an unknown location, Alex's bemusement turns to shock however when a figure looks straight into the camera and he immediately recognises her as Margot, his dead wife. How can Margot be alive when her body was found and identified all those years ago, is it all a trick? But why? If you read my review of the book all this will seem familiar and the premise of the story is a near exact plot adaptation of Harlan Cobens novel however unlike the book this is far from flawless.
I don't know if it was a mistake watching this film so close to reading the book I absolutely adored but everything just felt so wrong with this adaptation for me and I ended up feeling the complete opposite of how I felt when I finished the book. Maybe the fact that the names had been changed and the location switched from America to France didn't help matters, the bones of the story were there, the plot instantly recognisable and relatively true to the book and I could remember what was going to happen next however everything that made the book so special was lost here and the film ended up being just another thriller with a bit of a twist in it.
Everything felt so rushed with this film as it jumped haphazardly from one scene to the next, it was almost as if the director had a tick sheet of the important parts of the novel that he had to include and any character history or motivation were pushed to one side and sacrificed for the sake of plot momentum. Despite sticking to the plot almost rigidly there were minor changes which although were not crucial and therefore able be changed the fact that they had been fiddled with was noticeable and annoying however I could have overlooked those except for the simple fact that the ending was different. Not slightly different I have to say but massively, incomprehensively different.
If you have read the book you will know who was behind the disappearance of David/Alexander's wife and more importantly why. You discover the truth behind all the lies and the final reveal is breathtakingly good, in the film it isn't. If you haven't read the book then you may enjoy the ending and the twist it contains, however the twist in the film actually forms half of a double twist in the book which is revealed on the final page of the novel and relates to something mentioned at the very beginning of the story. This reference to something the main character says and is about to do before the murder and assault and gives the readers reason for doubt all the way through the story. This hugely important revelation is hinted at and referenced to and you know at some point you are going to know why it is said, removing it from the film leaves a huge hole and a ultimately results in a highly unsatisfactory conclusion and for me completely ruined the film. I do realise that I am being _very_ vague here, if you know the book then you will know what I am talking about and it is for this reason alone that I wouldn't recommend this film to anyone who is familiar or a fan of the novel itself.
If the change of ending wasn't bad enough and a reason not to watch the film then the ridiculous change of character of the main bad guy to a bad ==girl== should be. Eric Wu in the book is so detailed and described that you 'know' him, I was looking forward to his representation on film as he was a highlight in the book for me so you can imagine my dismay when in his place popped a lara-croft styled lady who carried out the acts that Wu undertook in the book. Could the French film makers not find a male Asian actor who could take on the part? Was he that difficult to cast? This change was utterly ridiculous in my opinion and completely unforgiveable and again, if you have read the book will be the cause of a major irritation.
I do realise that perhaps I am doing the film a disservice here, in its own right then it is a decent enough thriller which keeps you guessing as to what is really going on. My mistake was ever watching this as some elements are so far removed from the actual book that it is almost an insult to all that was so good about it. Francois Cluzet is perhaps the best thing about the film giving an emotional performance as the confused Alexander and you can't help but engage with him and his plight.
The rest of the characters though are interchangeable with one another as no time is really spent getting to know them, Margot's parents, especially her father, are of paramount importance in the book but here are badly underused and underdeveloped, you wouldn't believe that they had lost their only daughter to a serial killer 8 years ago and that the anniversary of her death was coming up. Similarly the key characters of the Investigating police officer and Alexander's lawyer are unrecognisable here and their importance to the plot is barely touched upon.
A mixture of excitement, shock and complete satisfaction filled me when I read the book, the film on the other hand left me cold, indifferent and worst of all, cheated. This isn't a film for anyone who is looking for a faithful adaptation of the book and as that is what I was looking for I really can't recommend it. There is talk that the film is to have an American remake which normally I would criticize as there is usually no need, however in the case of Tell No One I hope that a true adaptation can be made which actually sticks to the plot, includes the characters that are so intrinsic to the story and more importantly depicts the real, complete ending.
I would appear to be in the minority judging by other reviewer's opinion of this film. IMDB voters have rated this a very good 7.6/10 and there are a lot of 5 star reviews of the film available to read, had I not read the book prior to watching the film then there is a very good chance that I may have judged this more favourably. I can't fault the majority of the plot; after all it is the same as the book but for all the reasons already stated in this review I can only award a 2 star rating from me as I was disappointed.
My copy of the film came from Lovefilm and if there were extras on the disc then I didn't notice them. It is a French language film with English subtitles which may put some people off, they weren't an issue for me personally but it is worth mentioning as I know their inclusion could be off-putting for some. For £3.72 on DVD and £7.99 on BluRay the film is available on Amazon to buy new - I wouldn't want to watch it again and its purchase isn't one that I would recommend but others have certainly found something in it that did appeal.
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If you are one of those people who will not watch a sub-titled film then it is a shame because you will have missed out on seeing this excellent French thriller.
Set in the beautiful city of Paris Francois Cluzlet plays Dr Alex Beck who has a successful career and a beautiful wife Margot, played by Marie-Josee Croze however this idyllic life is shatterred when Margo is kidnapped and murdered while the couple of spending a weekend away at a farmhouse with some friends. The action then jumps forward eight years to the present day and the crime is still not solved.
Beck is still grieving in the company of his wifes friend Margo played by Kristin Scott Thomas however one day he gets an e-mail which asppears to be from his dead wife with the message to tell no one as they may be watching throws Beck into a frantic search and also under police suspscion for other murders he must evade capture with a more powerful and skilled force hounding his every step.
Part of the way through this film I realised that I had actually read the book from which it was adapted, initially I never made the connection as the book was written by an American writer. The film is an excellent little suspence thriller with lots of twists and turns along the way that will keep you guessing for much of the film's length.
Cluzlet delivers a fine performance in the lead role as a grieving widower who launches into a frantic search for his supposedly dead wife and then find himslef the hunted one, it is a convincing performance of a man who is out of his depth.
I liked the way that the film depicted the almost segregated nature of French society with the middle class centre and the working class living outside the Periphery with the doctor and his friends trying their best to not come into contact with those who live on the seedy under belly of the city.
A super film with some good performances it is highly recommended by me.
I must admit I've never read the book that this film is based on, but rather I chose to watch it because I so much enjoyed the director's next film "Pour Elle" (Anything for her) - a film that this one rather resembles.
This is one of those difficult instances where it's hard to write too much about the plot, so as not to give too much away, but suffice to say it's a clever thriller. A man - a doctor, in fact - has a wife who is murdered by a serial killer. He is gradually getting his life back on track when a new bombshell drops...to say any more would be to reveal too much, but our main character is in for a pretty confusing and frightening time - and the director manages to convey his shock and horror well to the audience.
This is one of a crop of recent French thrillers that really grip you - unlike their US counterparts, you're neber sure what's going to happen or whther the characters will win out - or even survive.
An unnerving and satisfying thriller that really does keep you on the edge of your seat. Sure there are plot holes, but so what? - the suspense really carries you along.
This is a French film, directed by Guillaume Canet and is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Harlan Coben. It is a thriller - drama about a man whose wife was killed eight years ago. On the eighth anniversary of her death the man, Dr Alexandre Beck (Francois Cluzet), receives an email that seems to suggest that his wife is still alive. At the same time, two bodies are discovered near the site of his wife's death leading to new inquiries into her murder. Beck becomes a suspect and ends up running from the police while trying to uncover the mysteries surrounding his wife's death and indeed, whether she was murdered at all.
Other reviews tell you that this film has you gripped from the start, but I found that I wasn't truly gripped till maybe a third of the way through. At the start I was, to be honest, sometimes confused as to what was happening and you do have to pay attention to this film to keep from missing any key information, especially as it is subtitled. But I was enthralled come the second half of the film and it is worth waiting for.
This is a great film, with plenty of action, great performances, brilliant twists and a clever plot.
Tell No One is a French film made in conjunction with BBC Four and Canal+, the film is about the death of 4 people, the first a senators son, the 2nd Margot, wife of Alex who seemingly has no enemies and finally 2 male bodies whom have been dug up just recently, Alex, who's wife has been murdered, suddenly gets an e-mail on the 8th anniversary of her death telling him to visit a website at 6:15 on that date, and, to 'tell no one', because 'they're watching' from an annonymous e-mail, what does the link show...?
The story is what dragged me into this film, I actually hadn't watched a trailer or anything when I decided to rent this film, in fact I didn't even know it was a foreign film, so I was surprised and aprehensive to realise that it was all in French (nothing wrong with that, but it was midnight and I wasn't in the subtitle mood). Anyway, having watched the film I can definatly say now that the story is brilliant, it's a very interesting, albeit confusing, story which goes through many twists until all is revealed at the end. The story kept me gripped all the way through till 2 in the morning despite the subtitles, in face I wasn't even sure the film had ended because it seemed so short to me, I even forgot it was subtitles and it became 2nd nature to read the words and take them in as if i'd been doing it my whole life. I'm not sure if this film was based on a book, probably not, but if it was I would certainly be purchasing it, it's a brilliantly well done storyline and great script.
The acting was superb throughout as well, with it being a French film the actors were unknown to me, which I like every now and then to keep film fresh, the acting here was definatly brilliant, the actor portraying Alex is brilliant in his quest to find the truth about his wife death (Was I the only one to spot a French Dustin Hoffman?), and although he is the clear lead there are some other superb performances, no more than the policeman covering the case (the one actually listening to Alex that is). More so than the acting though I believe is the production and Direction in this film, to shoot a foreign film to capture peoples attention in English speaking countries is very hard, I could tell I wouldn't have liked it as much if it was American, they seem to somehow not do intensity and drama as well as many independent and foreign film producers, as I said earlier this film kept me gripped for the whole film, it didn't feel slow at any point but at the same time it wasn't all action.
Unfortunatly the special features were lacking, although it being in French wouldn't have helped anyway, subtitles aren't so good when it's just people talking about the film, one thing I forget to mention, I was actually surprised by the amount of American pop/rock music in the film, as one may expect on a forgein film I thought it would be filled with foreign music, so when Ottis Reading and Jeff Buckley started playing I was a bit surprised, although it somehow worked with the film, certainly didn't sound out of place which also surprised me.
Overall, I thought this film was brilliant, I took a hit on renting it after only reading what the story was about, not even knowing it was foreign, that may be the reason I liked it so much, because I was surprised it was so good despite having not seen a trailer or anything and even though I wasn't in the mood to read any subtitles, this is how good this film is. I don't think the fact it has subtitles should change peoples minds, the film is so good to some extent you even forget you're reading subtitles after 10/15 minutes, certainly one of the best films I have seen this year.
I have just become aware that a book is available, would be a good read ...I am also sad to hear that a British remake in in production ready to film next year, I'm sad because I highly doubt they'll get anywhere near the French version.
This french-made film is a first-rate modern thriller, with production standards as high as The Bourne trilogy, but with action and characters that are more realistic and captivating. It's better than Harrison Ford's The Fugitive, Mel Gibson's Ransom or The Vanishing too. I don't know how it compares to Taken with Liam Neeson as I've not seen that yet.
Watching the film with subtitles in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this tightly-knitted film. The plot is exceedingly clever, and will have you guessing for the answer to its mystery. It also makes brilliant use of minor characters - always the ticket to a better class of film.
A grisly murder mystery and a love story is what we get , and even though a little far-fetched, it's a memorable experience that will keep you watching all the way to the end. The spontaneous intelligence and resourcefulness of our everyman Hero is inspiring. He's much more earthy than a Jason Bourne or some A-list actor.
Not to be missed, if you can dare to be shocked, intrigued and held in edgy, unrelenting suspense.
Directed by: Guillaume Canet
Screenplay by: Guillaume Canet & Harlan Coben
Novel by: Harlan Coben
Genre: Drama - Thriller
Language: French - English Subtitles
Released: 15th October, 2007 (DVD)
François Cluzet (Dr. Alex Beck)
Marie-Josée Croze (Margot Beck)
André Dussollier (Jacques Laurentin)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Hélène Perkins)
François Berléand (Eric Levkowitch)
Nathalie Baye (Maître Elysabeth Feldman)
Jean Rochefort (Gilbert Neuville)
Marina Hands (Anne Beck)
Alex and Margot were childhood sweethearts whose relationship continued to grow even while Alex was away at medical school. Upon Alex's return, they were married and their life together was something straight out of a romance novel - until one day the couple are attacked and Margot is murdered.
Still mourning over the loss of his wife many years later, Alex receives an email one day advising him to connect to a certain website at a precise time. Intrigued, Alex follows the instructions on the email, and what he sees will change his life forever. The website is actually a live CCTV camera in some unknown city, and beneath this camera is Margot - very much alive and staring straight at the camera.
As Alex attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding his wife's death, the discovery of dead bodies leads the police to reopen the case, and the evidence against Alex begins to pile up, making him the prime suspect in Margot's murder. However, regardless that Margot's body had been in the coffin at the moment of her burial, Alex is no longer certain that she is actually dead - unfortunately, turning to the police for assistance is not an option as they are convinced he murdered Margot.
'Tell No One' is a brilliantly executed movie that refuses to be rushed. Although the story unfolds slowly, there is never a dull moment as each impeccable scene comes with a piece to an extraordinary puzzle - a puzzle that seamlessly comes together at the very end.
The acting is flawless, the actors expertly turning fictional characters into real-life people complete with flaws and qualities, people that are as complex as they are human, and the script is absolutely brilliant. The dialogue is enthralling, fascinating, and each scene is accompanied by a clue that is meticulously woven into the story.
True, the movie has subtitles, the DVD cover is quite unremarkable, and the trailers to this movie were somewhat staid, but don't be put off as the movie itself is pure perfection.
This is how movies should be made, and whatever you do, don't pass up the chance to see this one. You won't regret it.
First I was a bit shocked that it was a french movie with subtitles, and I think everyone should know that before they watch it as some people will be put off by this.
However, it was one of the best movies I have seen for a while. It has a very good story line with a very unexpected twist at the end.
The film starts off with a young couple getting divided by a crime at a lonely lake. The main charcter of the film, pediatrician Alexandre Beck, husband to his beloved wife Margot Beck thinks that his wife is dead for a long 8 years. At the lake he was attacked and lost his conscience. 8 years later, when the police finds two dead bodies in the same lake they open the case again and start thinking that Beck killed his wife 8 years ago and that he just pretended being attacked by stragers in order to have an alibi. From then on, a very tense race between the main character, the police and the true killers starts. After receiving a mysterious email with a link to a live camera showing his wife alive, Beck starts investigating what really happened that night and starts to believe that his wife might be still alive.
Awesome movie, a must see! Don't be put off by the subtitles!
I have been a fan of author Harlan Coben for the best part of 5 or 6 years now, and the one book of his that stood out for me as Tell No One. It was the first of his that I had read, and I remember thinking about the clever plot, and how good a film it would make. Not long after reading it, I heard it announced that they were looking for someone to tackle the screenplay for doing just that, and I was excited at the prospect of seeing it, hopefully exactly as it was on the page, although we all know that rarely happens.
When I found out that the rights to the screenplay and to make a film of the book had gone to a French company and director, I was initially disappointed. I do speak French, but I naturally prefer films in my mother tongue, English, and it put me off lsightly. The film eventually came out in 2006, but it took me until last night to watch it. I was feeling decidedly continental last night, and it seemed like a good time to give it a go.
There is something about the French style of film-making that tends to be quite depressing. They are deeply steeped in their 'moeurs', their history, traditions, and pride, all good qualitites, but what I find is that it translates rather darkly and depressingly into their cinematic productions. Tell No One (named Ne Le Dis A Personne as the direct French translation and the official title for the film) does have elements of this, but then that is the plot, and not necessarily the filming.
The plot is a rather twisting one. Dr Alexandre Beck and his wife Margot were childhood sweethearts who married. One night, lying by a lake, they are attacked and left for dead. Alex wakes up after three days unconscious, Margot does not.
8 years later, Beck is still trying to come to terms with his loss. When he receives a strange email showing recent footage of Margot at a train station, alive. Accompanying the footage is a message telling him to tell no one, and that they are watching. Alex Beck is launched into a rollercoaster of emotions, and when two bodies are dragged up from the lake where they were attacked 8 years previously, and Alex is targeted by the police, as they begin to question his integrity now, and when they were attacked.
Thus begins a frenetic few days where Alex must find out the truth, and as he begins digging, he uncovers a conspiracy that will shock everyone involved.
The acting is rather good here. I like the French style of acting, it just seems so much more relaxed than other nations' styles. With nearly everyone walking around with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth, and a 'laissez-faire' attitude about them, the story flows smoothly around the central characters. What I enjoed most about watching it is the fact that I didn't know any of the cast except for the Brit Kristin Scott Thomas. She has starred in a number of French films and is fluent in the language herself.
I liked the character of Alex. Although I don't want to make too many comparisons to the book, it is important to note that the names have been changed to fit in with it being a French film, and while some names remain similar, the majority are different. Lead actor Francois Cluzet portrays the character very well, and provides the necessary charisma for the character. The rest of the cast are nothing special, but this is the magic of French cinema: you don't need people to stand out to make a good film, whereas most English speaking films do require some kind of magical performance and one or two who stand out amongst the crowd.
Tell No One encompasses a twisting tale involving corruption, the police, and a necessary look at the past. The inclusion and creation of some of the characters is quite impressive, and the one that stands out for me is the excellent Gilles Lellouche, who plays the street thug Bruno who helps Beck out once or twice. It brings it home how people will turn to any means of getting results when they are desperate.
Director Guillaume Canet impressed me by remaining loyal to the book in the main, and making it work. I always imagine that a good author's work can always be put onto the screen whilst keeping true to the story, and I believe that the majority of Coben's books would need little or no work done to them. Canet takes an American tale, set in the States, and transfers it across to France with great success. There are some good chase scenes, and some clever camera angles driving home to the viewer just how desperate the situation is, and at around the 2 hour mark, the film does fly by.
The film is shown with English subtitles as opposed to having English voiceovers with dubbing. I prefer this as you get a true feeling with the words from the actors, whilst getting the translation with the subtitles at the bottom as well. While this takes a few minutes to get used to, you soon forget about it and it seems as natural as watching an English language film.
Having said all this, there were disapopinting elements to the film. The attitudes of some of the characters was at times a little too casual, and while I appreciate this is the French style, I felt it needed a little kick from time to time, and although I was not bored, there needed to be some escalation of emotion in a more convincing fashion at some point.
However, this didn't stop me from really enjoying it, to my surprise. It isn't a great film, but it is very good, and I was glad to have watched it. It will no doubt encourage me to give foreign language films a better shot next time and not be discouraged because they aren't in English.
The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £4.98, and is worth a watch if you can dig a foreign language film.
Now here is an excellent little French movie that doesn't want to make you cut your wrists. Although based in and around a busy and predicable Paris, its enigmatic central premise and superb leading performance from François Cluzlet makes this intriguing and highly watchable (even for those who hate subtitles) right from the off, the mystery alone of the missing lover keeping you enthralled and wanting to know where this is going and what sort of film it will play out as.
Although starting out as a bourgeois romance it races through the genres at breakneck speed, ending up as a taught thriller full of more twists and turns than a CIA torture chamber.
Cluzet plays Dr Alex Beck, married to beautiful wife Margot (Marie Josée Croze), the couple enjoying a lazy summers weekend at their farmhouse escape with good friends and even better food and wine. But tragedy strikes whilst the couple are enjoying a skinny-dip at a deserted moonlit lake alone, Margo abducted and seemingly killed by unknown assailants for unknown reasons after she swims back to the shore alone.
We, the viewer, then flash forward eight years to the day, Beck meeting up with Margo's lesbian lawyer friend Helene (Kristin Scott-Thomas) for the anniversary of the tragedy. But this will be no ordinary day, Alex receiving an email from his dead wife on his surgery computer on his return to the office. Confused, disorientated and given hope the one woman he loved is somehow still alive, even though he had buried her at the funeral all those years ago, the coded email does seem to show evidence of her unlikely return. The electronic mail title of 'Tell no one, they maybe watching', is igniting his mixed emotions even more.
On the same time the police have dug up two bodies at the site of his wife's murder, reopening the investigation, the bodies riddled with gunpowder from Alex stepfathers shotgun.
The following day the next email names a time and date to meet, an action that seems to activate another set of hunters looking for the deceased Margot; they far more equipped to find her than Alex, highly trained at military style recon and torture. If somebody else thinks she's alive then they may be the people who will find her first. It soon gets worse for Beck, another body turning up and the murder weapon planted in his flat, the cops now coming after him as number one suspect, which they always thought he was for his wife's death.
With everything unfortunately falling into place for his downfall he asks Helene for legal help, she prepared to believe his story and help him stay ahead of the cops to solve the mystery. But it's an unlikely hero that comes to his aid, a working class criminal called Bruno (Gilles Lellouche), who the Doctor saved the life of his kid at the surgery the day before, leaving his calling-card. That cross-over to the Paris underbelly may be his surprising salvation. But is she really alive or this some sort of elaborate trap...and why?
François Cluzet ... Docteur Alexandre Arnaud 'Alex' Beck
Marie-Josée Croze ... Margot Beck
André Dussollier ... Jacques Laurentin
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Hélène Perkins
François Berléand ... Eric Levkowitch
Nathalie Baye ... Maître Elysabeth Feldman
Jean Rochefort ... Gilbert Neuville
Marina Hands ... Anne Beck
Gilles Lellouche ... Bruno
Philippe Lefebvre ... Lieutenant Philippe Meynard
Florence Thomassin ... Charlotte Bertaud
Olivier Marchal ... Bernard Valenti
Guillaume Canet ... Philippe Neuville
Brigitte Catillon ... Capitaine Barthas
Samir Guesmi ... Lieutenant Saraoui
Imdb.com scores 7.4 out of 10.0 (3, 578 votes)
Adapted from Harlan Cobens book of the same name, 'Tell No One' is my favorite foreign film of the winter so far. Its one of those twisting smarty-pants movies that's laden with clues that when you see it back for the second time it all falls into place, every character having a reason to be in the story, every nuance and plot line hiding clue's. It's so well made and acted that its one of those films you really can't afford to miss out on if you are a serious foreign film fan.
Although it's an excellent who-done-it, it's also a social commentary on Paris, how the middle-class try to get through the day by not having to encounter the hidden underclass, 50% of Paris, glimpsed only through tinted Mercedes windows. You only ever see Amele's Paris in French movies or suffocating love stories with heavy smokers and likewise conversations these days so it was great to step out of that familiar comfort zone. This was different and fresh and a bloody relief to see a movie from across the channel not drowning in Gaelic cliché. With its interesting soundtrack and intriguing plot I guarantee you will be hooked and enthralled by this impressive thriller.
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-The Making Of-
Subtitled behind the scenes..
-Actors Final Shot-
We see each actor does his final take in the movie and then get water tipped on his head etc..
-Cast & Crew
Straight forward talking heads to camera. the elegant Kristin Scott-Thomas speaking in English.
'I Can't Sleep'
The director Guillaume Canet showcases his short film from his early days behind the lens...
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RuN-TiMe 121 minutes
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I have recently become a very big fan of Harlan Coben as I think he is a fantastic writer and he creates the kind of characters that you can sit there, read and more importantly fall in love with. I have not read Tell No One before but my sister told me to watch the film as it was an extremely good adaptation of the book. So at the weekend I decided to give it a go and what I found was an extremely interesting French film that I could not tear my eyes away from the screen.
Ok so the story is set in a nice part of France where a married couple visits a place sacred to the both of them. They have been visiting this lake since they were small children and they still make sure they return every year. Then one evening they are sitting by the lake when Margot swims off. Moments later Alex hears her call his name but when he gets there she is gone.
Margot has been murdered so for eight long years Alex mourns his wife. Then one day Alex receives an email and the email shows a video clip from a camera. A lady turns around and it is Margot. This begins a terrifying hunt to find out if Margot is alive and find out what exactly happened that fateful day.
This story is in one word brilliant. It has all of the action, romance and thrills that you need and is just simply stunning. The beginning grabs your attention and from that moment on you are transfixed to the screen. The film continues on a fast paced ride and at times you cant take your eyes away. Everything about this film is satisfying from the answers that it gives you, the story and the ending. Everything is just brilliant.
The actual concept of the film is excellent as Coben knows how to get you to relate to a story. For instance if a loved one had died and then contacted you years later, I think the film captures all of the emotions that are felt and it portrays it extremely well on screen.
I will reiterate that this is a French film so it is English subtitled so if you dont like reading subtitles then dont bother with it. My fiancé doesnt usually like reading them but even he had to sit and watch this film as after seeing two minutes of it, it had captured his attention.
The characters are all loveable. Alex the main character is one of those that you can understand what he is feeling and doing which makes the film that bit more enjoyable which is great. Margot is a strange character and you get to know a bit about her at the start of the film. Then you have several people playing cops, friends and family members and every one is really good.
The actors in this film are excellent and do not put a foot wrong throughout. They are all well known in France I believe so you do not have to worry about bad acting at all. I think they were also perfectly cast for the characters and have made each person in the film believable which of course is a hard but brilliant thing to be able to do. I dont think they could have picked better actors.
The film is available now on DVD at £11.98 from Amazon and in my opinion well worth the money. The film lasts just over two hours which goes very quick indeed. It is a two disc DVD so the second disc has special features on. The features involved are featurettes which are very good. The best of these was a making of which was very interesting and gave you a lot of information about the film and what it was like to make. Outtakes which were very enjoyable to watch. Deleted scenes are good but I can see why there were not put in the film. A Trailer for the film. Cast interviews with the main people whom were very good to watch and interesting to see how people viewed the film.
All in all I think that this film was excellent and I would happily recommend it to everybody on here. I think it has been made to perfection while apparently sticking very close to the book.
In my opinion this film has the right amount of tension and story and the scenes are very beautiful. The locations are stunning and I think they have taken a lot of care while making this. The actual effects they have used and scenes in this are brilliant and although they havent used lots of special effects, it seems like they have. Strange but true.
I will give this film five stars as I thought it was absolutely brilliant. It will make you want to read the book if you havent already and it will also make you remember it for a long time to come due to the memorable story and characters.
Give it a go is what I will say to you if you like thrillers.
Thanks for reading.
Tell No One is that rare thing, a French thriller that bears all the hallmarks of a Hollywood remake, only with the French left in. There's no actual time to ponder the glossy look and feel though, as François Cluzet's stoic but grief-stricken widower Alex races to clear his name, when the case of his wife's murder is reopened after eight years. This set up is wound even tighter upon his receipt of an email, seemingly from his wife, instructing him to follow those titular instructions. What follows is a nerve-tugging chase movie making best possible use of Harlan Cobens source material as Alex ducks and weaves between shady underworld goons, a gang of surprisingly helpful thugs and two laid back detectives, all of whom help raise the game of cat and mouse to dizzying heights. The twists and turns are many, and even though the story is a little too long, and its reveal steeped in a Miss Marple-sized helping of exposition, the films emotional centre remains intact to the very last scene. While a big studio remake of Tell No One wont be short on A-List appeal and big noisy action, matching this films mix of thrills and heart will be a rare feat indeed. --Luke Mawson