Film Review: Tell No One

Tell No One
About Tell No One (2006)
Tell No OneTELL NO ONE tells the story of pediatrician Alexandre Beck who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife, Margot, eight years earlier. When two bodies are uncovered near where Margot’s body was found, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again. The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous email with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive and a message to tell no one.

Starring: Francois Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marie-Josee Croze

Directed by: Guillaume Canet

Runtime: 125 minutes

Studio: Music Box Films

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Review: Tell No One

Alexandre Beck (Francois Cluzet) is a doctor haunted by the murder of his wife, Margot (Marie-Josee Croze) eight years before. The couple had been swimming together when Margot briefly disappeared and, in responding to her screams, Alexandre was knocked unconscious. Alexandre has managed to pick up the pieces eight years on but he finds himself the chief suspect in a double homicide, the bodies found by the lake where his wife was attacked. It turns out that Alexandre had been the police’s prime suspect for Margot’s murder but a lack of evidence had led to the case being closed.

Alexandre’s life is thrown into further turmoil when he receives an email with a video attached that apparently shows Margot is alive and well. The email may also be from her and warns Alexandre he is being watched. Having found some semblance of stability in his life, Alexandre is now thrown into a compelling mystery with both the police and group of henchmen on his tail who are keen to find Margot themselves. Is Margot alive after all? If so, what happened to her eight years before?

From the start, Tell No One is an intriguing and well-crafted thriller beginning with Margot’s murder. Though Alexandre is knocked unconscious trying to help his wife the police raise the obvious question of who pulled him out of the water if he is innocent? As the puzzle unravels the narrative veers from the present to events eight years before leading up to that fateful night where Alexandre’s life was changed forever. This is an intricate story and requires one’s full attention but it’s simply too difficult to look away once you have been sucked into this mystery.

Tell No One is a fantastic thriller from start to finish. The revelations and pieces of the jigsaw are carefully inserted as the story unfolds and though you may predict some elements of what’s going on before the denouement, it’s unlikely you’ll solve everything. Some great performances, especially from Cluzet, make this one a resounding winner.

Verdict: 4/5

(Film source: reviewer’s own copy)

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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