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Tell No One

Tell No One

Studio:Music Box Films
Director:Guillaume Canet
Cast:François Cluzet, Marie-josée Croze, André Dussollier
Release Date:2009
Genre:Foreign, Suspense

By Wendy Ward | Posted 4/8/2009

THE MOVIE This French thriller opens with a familiar scene: Family and friends sit around a wood table covered with wine bottles and candles. The group of smart, young bohemians and babies include the beautiful married couple Alex (François Cluzet) and Margot (Marie-Josée Croze)--him freshly liberated from nine years of medical school, her talking children now that his career has begun. Two days later Margot's gone--abducted from a night swim with Alex, who was struck down and unable to rescue her. Soon after, her body is found surrounded by dead animals and she is assumed to be another victim of a local serial killer.

Eight years later, Alex receives an e-mail seemingly proving Margot is still alive, but that he must "tell no one." Two new bodies are found near her crime site, unearthing new evidence, and Alex becomes the accused widow on the run from the investigator Jacques Laurentin (André Dussollier). Director Guillaume Canet keeps this 2006 movie (based on a novel by Harlan Coben) at a clipped pace--during the quieter scenes of love and loss, when the action's ramped up with bodies racing, or when all of the movement is caused by tension in a character's face and the emotions behind it.

THE DISC After previews for Music Box Films' 0SS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and Tuya's Marriage, the DVD offers language viewing options including the default French, French dubbed with English, and French with English subtitles. The version dubbed with English is unwatchable: every speech nuance is lost, the dialogue feels different from the subtitled version, and the voices themselves are flat. The deleted scenes mostly consist of interstitial moments. In one, Alex's sister Anne (Marina Hands) and her wife Hélène (Kristin Scott Thomas) share a scene in their house that begins when Hélène walks into the house and ends with the two women holding hands; only the core remains in the movie, the excess trimmed away. And the scenes that were cut completely aren't much: Alex's lawyer Elysabeth (Nathalie Baye) smoking for half a minute on her terrace; Margot holding a puppy the morning after the opening dinner party. The outtakes are as dry as the wry smiles that mess up a scene: a bit actor forgets to finish a line, Thomas laughs out loud. The one intriguing outtake shows Cluzet as Alex climbing out of the lake after Margot, being struck by a bat, and splashing back into the water again and again and again. Every time, the crew yells his name and asks if he is OK.

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