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Tell No One

22 Feb, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

tell no one

Prebook 2/26/09; Street 3/31/09
Box Office $6.2 million
$27.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray
Not rated.
In French with English subtitles.

Stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Francois Cluzet, Marie Josee-Croze.

When Dr. Alexandre Beck (Francois Cluzet, often hailed as France’s Dustin Hoffman) mysteriously begins
receiving e-mails and video clips about his murdered wife, Margot (Marie-Josée Croze), who was killed eight years earlier, the pediatrician’s life is quickly turned upside down.

Winner of four César Awards (France’s Oscars) in 2006, Tell No One is a first-rate contemporary suspense thriller. With a frenzied plot played in and around Paris, it helps to pause and rewind parts of the DVD to stay abreast of the non-stop twists and turns.

Based on the 2001 novel by American author Harlan Coben, Tell No One is enhanced by the bilingual talent of Kristin Scott Thomas playing Beck’s lesbian friend Hélèn Perkins. Scott Thomas’ ability to play icy cool and vulnerable, often in the same scene, helps Beck keep his bearings in the face of unrelenting acrimony. 

Scott Thomas’ impressive résumé of supporting and leading roles in foreign and major studio movies is underscored by a fluency in French that is reminiscent of Jodie Foster’s memorable turn in the 2004 French World War I movie A Very Long Engagement. She also appears in the new theatrical release Confessions of a Shopaholic and recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for another French film, I’ve Loved You So Long.

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