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Tell No One (2006)

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8 years ago, Alex's wife was MURDERED. Today... She e-mailed him.

Rating: 8/10

Running Time: 131 minutes

US Certificate: R UK Certificate: 15


It’s not too often that the French will stoop to adapting an American book but this is just what Guillaume Canet has done with Harlan Coben’s Tell No One and our Gallic cousins have done a great job with a wonderfully stylish yet substantial thriller.

Tell No One effortlessly moves from the makings of a slow-burning clever middle class detective thriller to breathless well-executed action as François Cluzet is put through the acting mill. Cluzet plays Alexandre Beck whose wife Margot (Croze) is killed during a romantic trip to a secluded lake. The murder goes unsolved but eight years on new bodies are found near the lake and the police begin to suspect Beck whilst shady forces seem to be trying to frame him.

Cluzet’s performance is superb as he portrays severe despair, determination and anger whilst running around the mean streets trying to clear his name with the help of hoodlums led by Bruno (Lellouche) and rogue cops (Berléand and Lefebvre). He also has the confused ‘what the hell is going on?’ look down to a tee.

Beck has everything the wrongly accused needs to get you onside – he’s a widow and grieving an unrequited love but doesn’t drink heavily to get over it, he’s unswerving in his search for the truth, he’s an everyman and the saint even works with kids. This man doesn’t just deserve the truth, he deserves a knighthood. It would be nice to have at least one character flaw in place but he is a very easy man to care for, as are his extended family, including his sister and her wife (Hands and Scott Thomas). This is important with regards to the inevitable twists and turns that take place towards the end in inder give the Tell No One a satisfying conclusion.

It's Got: Well executed action, Cluzet being put through his acting paces, decent twists and turns

It Needs: At least one character flaw.

DVD Extras Hour long 'Making Of' doc, trailer, deleted scenes, short film - pretty substantial DVD Extras Rating: 7/10


Ignore the title and tell everyone about this latest engrossing thriller from ze French.