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"Tell No One" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Francois Cluzet stars as Alex, a pediatrician whose beloved wife, Margot (Marie-Josee Croze) was shockingly murdered eight years before. As the anniversary of her death approaches, Alex begins to receive cryptic emails and a video that seems to suggest that she is alive. The discovery of two long-buried bodies at the crime scene turn Alex into some kind of Hitchcockian Everyman, implicated in a crime he could not possibly have committed. But when he makes a mad dash from the police who visit him at his office, he seems to have signed his own confession. This synopsis doesn't even begin to hint at the genuinely exciting and surprising twists, turns, and revelations that await Alex in this Chinese box of a mystery.

Specifications

  • Music Box Films
  • 2012, Color, Unrated, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Video: 1080p, AVC
  • Audio: French DD 5.1 w/ subtitles, English DD 2.0
  • Starring: Francois Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marie-Josee Croze
  • Directed by: Guillaume Canet
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Yes, but in Francais

Commentary

Nothing is as it appears at first and even when the mystery is explained in what appears to be a systematic, cohesive manner; however, the 'real story' remains a puzzle until the very end. This is a brilliant little film well worth multiple viewings to fully appreciate all of the aspects of the fine acting, cinematography, direction and musical scoring. Sure , the story has been done before ala The Fugitive, but this rendition feels refreshingly different and new. The skinny female assassin in the film comes off as more plausible and scarier than any killer I can recall in a movie over the last few years. Cluzet's face reminds me of a younger Dustin Hoffman, which helped me associate better with his character. In anycase, this mystery will keep you glued to your seat. Recommended!

Technical

Lush cinematography is what greets the viewer's eyes. There is a great deal of depth and excellent contrasts with plenty of details throughout the feature. The sound depends on the track you select. I watched with the 5.1 DD English and was quite satisfied. The French (with subtitles) gives you surround sound, but will force you to read instead of watch.

Extras

Deleted scenes, directors commentary and a "making of" featurrette are included with the film.