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Tell No One

Francois Cluzet runs, frequently and feverishly, in "Tell No One"

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How’s this for a hook: tell everyone. Guillaume Canet’s thriller, based on the bestselling novel by Harlan Coben, is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Tell No One is a thriller – and the word thrilling applies – replete with hair-raising chase scenes, ruthless killers, and bumbling cops -- and it’s also a romance, an unabashed, unapologetic love story.
The less I write about this film, the better. It's better not to know; what's more, the plot is so twisted, dense, and intricate that I risk getting it wrong anyway. In terms of emotional investment and nerve-wrecking excitement, Tell No One beats every summer blockbuster.

The story begins eight years after the unsolved murder of Alex’s (François Cluzet) young wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze). New evidence raises old suspicions about Alex's involvement in her death. At the same time, unexpected emails on Alex’s computer hint at the possibility that Margot may, in fact, be alive.

Francois Cluzet and Marie-Josee Croze in "Tell No One."

Music Box Films
The audience is introduced to Margot in the film’s incandescent beginning: she is naked and relaxed, happy in her husband's company as they lie on the dock of a small, picturesque pond in the woods. This small moment alone is enough to explain why Alex isn't able to forget her. And Alex, too, is a remarkably lovely man – both in looks and in spirit. He’s a pediatrician, extraordinarily good with his patients, both the kids and their parents. He also has a marvelous big dog that caused the woman sitting next to me to laugh happily ever time it came on screen.

When the police decide to pursue Alex, he finds himself desperate and on the run, helped by a variety of characters, including the large and criminally inclined father of a hemophiliac patient, his equestrian sister (the exquisite Marina Hands) and her wife (Kristin Scott-Thomas), as well as his high-powered attorney, played by accomplished French actress Nathalie Baye. It’s an enormously talented supporting cast -- and I haven't even mentioned Jean Rochefort.

Tell No One takes you into a Paris rarely seen on film -- inside housing projects and Internet cafés, across the city's busy beltway and its equally crowded neighborhood playgrounds. Fast paced and full of sudden twists, the story sometimes left me disoriented, but always, always spellbound.


Starring: Francois Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze, Andre Dussollier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Francois Berléand, Marina Hands
Directed by: Guillaume Canet
Running Time: 2 hrs. 5 min.
Release Date: July 2nd, 2008 (limited)
MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing, Music Box Film

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