Tell No One (Ne Le Dis A Personne) (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner13/06/2007

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 125 mins

Engagingly gripping thriller with an intelligent script, superb performances and impressive direction throughout.

What's it all about?
Co-written and directed by actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet (The Beach), Tell No One is a French thriller based on the American novel by Harlan Coben. Francois Cluzet plays Alex Beck, a paediatrician who receives a mysterious email, indicating that his supposedly murdered wife Margot (Marie-Josee Croze) is still alive.

Given that eight years have elapsed between the murder and the email, Alex is understandably upset about the whole thing. However, his problems get rapidly worse when the police dig up two corpses near the murder site and Alex finds himself under suspicion, leading him to go on the run in order to solve the mystery before the cops get hold of him.

The Good
Francois Cluzet is superb in the lead role, something that is ever so slightly heightened by his remarkable resemblance to a young Dustin Hoffman. There's also strong support from Kristin Scott Thomas (as Alex's sister's girlfriend), Andre Dussollier (as Alex's father-in-law) and Gilles Lellouche as a criminal who owes Alex a favour.

The dialogue is extremely good and the complex, multi-layered script presents an intriguing mystery that is genuinely gripping. In addition, the violence is impressively realistic and Canet orchestrates some terrific action sequences, such as a foot-chase through Paris and across a motorway.

The Great
It's worth noting that you have to pay close attention in the early scenes, because you are quickly introduced to several characters at once and have to work out their connections on your own. That said, it's refreshing to see a film that requires its audience to do a little work and a large part of the film's enjoyment comes from trying to keep up with the mystery.

Worth seeing?
In short, Tell No One is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller with a cracking plot, superb performances and exciting action sequences. How come Hollywood can't make thrillers this good anymore? Highly recommended.

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