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No One (Ne le dis à personne)
Director: Guillaume Canet
Producer: Alain Attal
Editor: Hervé de Luze
Screenwriter: Guillaume Canet, Philippe Lefebvre, based on the novel
by Harlan Coben
Cinematographer: Christophe Offenstein
Music: Mathieu Chedid
France, 2006, 126 Minute Running Time
Genres: Detective/Mystery, Thriller
Language: French - English Sub-Titles
Principal Cast: François Cluzet, André Dussollier,
Marie-Josée Croze, Kristin Scott Thomas, François
Sam North Review
novel Tell No One is now an action-packed adaptation directed by
heartthrob Guillaume Canet. Featuring an interesting cast, this
thriller revolves around a paediatrician, who unexpectedly gets
an email from his wife eight years after she was mysteriously murdered
and he left for dead in a lake.
Its a lyrical beginning. Two people much in love go swimming in
a lake a long way from anywhere, a place they have been going to since
they were childhood lovers. When the wife (Marie-Joses Croze) goes back
to the car to get the dog, she is murdered, the husband Alex, played by
Francois Cluzet, hears her cry and swims to her rescue but is assaulted
and left for dead.
Eight years later he is a changed man. Still working professionally as
a paediatrician, but he still visits his dead wifes parents,
cant forget her and cant move on. His lesbian restaurant owning
sister Kristin Scott Thomas wants him to forget her but he cant
and wont. He truly loved her. Then on the anniversary of her death
he begins to get some emails untraceable emails that appear to
be from his dead wife. Under pressure from a rich politician who is unbeknownst
to the Doctor monitoring his emails, some mysterious and ruthless people
are seeking his dead wife, driven by revenge for the death of a Senators
son. Then two bodies get discovered in shallow graves near the murder
site, possibly the corpses of her assassins. Did Alex kill them? .Its
a complex plot. The police now suddenly think that he murdered his wife
for the insurance money and he is under investigation.
The dead wife sets an appointment for him to meet her and he is convinced
that she is indeed alive, but the police have arrived at the hospital
to arrest him and he goes AWOL in spectacular fashion, running across
the periphique, the intensely busy motorway that circles Paris. (This
is a good sequence and they used 8 cameras to get the shot as cars whiz
by and crash as he runs for it).
This is a desperate man; not caring about the consequences, all he wants
is to see the woman he loved and know that it is real.
There seems to be police
within police and every moment suspicions deepen that the Doctor is guilty
and he really did kill his wife and slash her face in many places. Who
can Alex turn to for help, seems there is only one man, a possibly corrupt
gangster from the suburbs whose kid he once saved. This forms an unlikely
alliance but truly spices up the film and adds some unexpected humour
then, what about the autopsy? Who died? What about his father in
law, the cop who identified her body? What about the woman who photographed
his wife covered in bruises just before the murder? Did he beat
her? Is he guilty? Why is this woman tortured and shot and he blamed
for her murder? What is going on?
Alex escapes into the Flea market in Paris
Its a police thriller, reset in France, away from the books American
origins and Harlan Coben fans will not be disappointed. The Director himself
was scared to show the film to Harlan, as he has changed some elements
and particularly the ending, but the writer agreed this ending was better
and the film is a tense ride throughout. Francois Cluzet is great and
the accused Doctor Alex, never once over the top, never heroic, but resolute.
Kristin Scott Thomas is a nice surprise in a French movie and André
Dussollier is as ever the stalwart smooth performer as his ex-cop father
The film has character, a great soundtrack (done in one take and live)
and you have the enthusiasm of young director/actor who is showcasing
to the world what he can do and do well. You might remember Guillaume
Canet from the movie The Beach but here he plays against type
as a paedophile.
It you want an intelligent thriller with some great action and an amazing
soundtrack, Tell No One start this June in the UK and its well worth
viewing. Already a success in France with 3 million admissions, you should
© Sam North June 2007
Course Leader of the Masters in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University
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