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Tell No One (2006)

Ne le dis à personne (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 November 2006 (France)
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An accidental discovery near a doctor's estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after his wife's hideous murder, and now, things are bound to take a turn for the unexpected. Does the good doctor know more than he's letting on?

Director:

Guillaume Canet

Writers:

Guillaume Canet, Harlan Coben (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Alexandre Beck
Marie-Josée Croze ... Margot Beck
André Dussollier ... Jacques Laurentin
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Hélène Perkins (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
François Berléand ... Eric Levkowitch
Nathalie Baye ... Maître Elysabeth Feldman
Jean Rochefort ... Gilbert Neuville
Marina Hands ... Anne Beck
Gilles Lellouche ... Bruno
Philippe Lefebvre Philippe Lefebvre ... Lieutenant Philippe Meynard
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin ... Charlotte Bertaud
Olivier Marchal ... Bernard Valenti
Guillaume Canet ... Philippe Neuville
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Capitaine Barthas
Samir Guesmi ... Lieutenant Saraoui
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The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Tell No One See more »

Filming Locations:

Adainville, Yvelines, France See more »

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Budget:

€11,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$169,707, 6 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,177,192, 8 February 2009
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Originally, author Harlan Coben had optioned off his novel to Hollywood, with director Michael Apted attached. During this time, director Guillaume Canet, who had loved the novel, had been calling up Coben with his take on the novel. Coben was immediately impressed with Canet's passion for the story, and his vision, stating that Canet understood that the novel was a love story first, and a thriller second, which Hollywood never got. When the option with Hollywood fell through, Coben contacted Canet and decided to give him a chance. See more »

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frantic, intelligent, and exciting: what more do you want?
28 February 2008 | by snow0rSee all my reviews

Tell No-one is the debut feature from Guillaume Canet, a guy arguably best known outside of France for being that bloke in The Beach who shouts "Francoise!" a lot. While he may not have seemed to be up to much then, judging from this stunning adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel of the same name, he certainly is now.

Tell No-one is the story of Dr. Alexander Beck, a man who gets an email from his wife. Boring, you say? Beck's wife was killed eight years ago in an attack that left him (in a sense) lucky to be alive. The email instructs him to "tell no-one" and with nobody to turn to, Beck throws himself into a desperate search for the woman he loved and lost.

What follows is arguably a typical array of thriller conventions: the secrets, the lies, and the inevitable betrayals, but what sets this movie apart is its pacing. Canet sheds some of Coben's superfluous subplots which ramps the tempo up so effectively that you soon forget that it's all in French. The move from the States to France also works in its favour, especially for foreign markets (as in the UK & US), as it makes the movie feel edgier and more unfamiliar than a standard American cop-chase movie. The combination of these factors give Tell No-one a freshness and intelligence that a lot of modern thrillers are lacking.

The quality of the acting (especially from Cluzet) and the dialogue, no doubt helped by Coben's writing, keeps the story believable as everyman Beck races ever closer to the truth, and to round it off, the score is great too, with clever use of familiar tracks to help keep the audience somewhat comfortable as Beck's search becomes more and more dangerous.

Tell No-one may sound like another average thriller, but its pacing and finesse place it head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd.


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