Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tell No One

Movie name: Ne le dis a personne
Year of release: 2006
Director: Guillaume Canet
Stars: Francois Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze, Andre Dussolier, Kristina Scott Thomas, Marina Hands, Nathalie Baye, Jean Rochefort, Philipe Lefebvre, Guillaume Canet
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Synopsis:Guillaume Canet is more well known for audiences outside of France as one of the performers of Danny Boyle's "The Beach". His career in France has also taken a detour to directing, with very good results. His previous film "Mon Idole" was a considerable hit, and this one was one of the big winners at the Cesars. Adapting a novel from Harlan Coben has served Canet well, since he built a very intelligent thriller, anchored in some great performances from a very talented cast. The film follows the story of a doctor name Alexandre Beck whose wife was killed in mysterious circumstances 8 years ago. He was also attacked, but managed to get away, though no one really knows how. A serial killer was arrested at the time of the brutal murder of his wife, and no questions were placed afterwards. When some bodies are discovered near the forest where the attack took place, the investigation is resumed, and Beck discovers that his wife is actually alive and that he is the police's main suspect.
The film is suspenseful, intelligently rendered and acted with a superlative cast, starting with the wonderful Francois Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze (from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Kristin Scott Thomas and Andre Dussolier. Canet intelligently staged a film, from the action pieces to the more dramatic moments. A very rewarding film, worth investigating!