Film: Tell No One

September 12, 2009

My latest Netflix rental:  Tell No One (2006), a moody French thriller that does just about everything one would want or expect from a moody French thriller.  It’s the story of Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet), a happily married pediatrician whose wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze) is murdered under mysterious circumstances during a romantic country getaway.  Eight years later, a chance discovery leads the police to reopen the case, just as Alexandre receives a cryptic e-mail that hints that his supposedly dead wife may in fact still be alive.

What follows is a lengthy, occasionally slow, but generally well constructed mystery filled with convoluted tangles, tense moments, and stricken expressions.  Running just over two hours and including numerous side plots, the film may be a bit more involved than is good for it, and ultimately it resorts to a villainous infodump to pull all the pieces together.  But overall it’s a well produced, nicely cast suspense film, nothing spectacular or all that memorable, but an enjoyable diversion.

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