Tell No One
Review by Jack Foley
FRENCH heartthrob Guillaume Canet – best known as Leonardo DiCpario’s co-star in The Beach – proves himself to be a bit of a dab hand behind the camera with this slick race-against-time thriller, which proved a deserved runaway hit in France.
Tell No One, based on Harlan Coben’s best-seller, is a taut, emotionally involving whodunnit that really does keep you guessing from start to finish.
The film focuses on Alex Beck (François Cluzet), a successful doctor still struggling to come to terms with the abduction and murder of his wife, Margot (Marie-Josée Croze), eight years earlier.
When new evidence based around the discovery of two new bodies near the site where Margot was discovered leads the police to reopen the case and make Beck their prime suspect, the doctor is forced to go on the run to prove his innocence while following the clues being left by a mysterious emailer who suggests his wife may still be alive.
While certainly complex, Tell No One seldom feels muddled and benefits from the time Canet allows his talented cast to create characters worth caring about.
Cluzet, especially, exudes an everyman quality that makes his desperation all the more relatable – he blames himself for his wife’s death and will stop at nothing once a second chance presents itself.
But he’s well supported by the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas (as his lesbian friend), François Berléand (as a sympathetic police inspector) and Cluzet (as his late wife, who creates a credible love interest during their early scenes together).
The villains, too, come in many different guises and add to the general richness of the characters.
Canet, for his part, keeps a nice balance between the drama and the action, throwing in some genuinely thrilling set pieces (including a freeway footchase) to sustain the tension.
But even though the ending eventually feels a little contrived, viewers shouldn’t mind given the quality of what’s come before.
This is a superior action thriller that pulls at the heart strings while engaging the brain. See it and then tell as many people as you can to do the same.
In French, with subtitles
Running time: 2hrs 5mins