Tell No One
Guillaume Canet (director)
Published: Aug 21, 2012
Roger Ebert: "Here is how a thriller should be made."
These questions acquire additional piquancy when new evidence — two dead bodies and a hunting rifle that used to belong to the husband’s father — is literally dug up by laborers laying pipe near the murder scene. The police reopen the murder investigation, focusing their suspicions on the husband, while a group of mysterious outside operatives are also tracking him — and liquidating witnesses who might shed light on the mystery — while he’s trying to find out whether his wife might still be alive.
It’s a situation straight out of Hitchcock, and handled with Hitchcockian skill. Maybe better, for the husband’s desperation — a compound of grief, love, and improbable hope — is too hot and naked an emotion for the man who created “Vertigo” and “North By Northwest.” [To buy the DVD new from Amazon for as little as $5 and used for as little as $1.30 — plus $3 shipping — click here. Free streaming of the movie for Amazon Prime members here. To rent the download from Amazon for $2.99 or buy the download for $9.99, click here.]
This desperation is the fuel for his flight, on foot, when the police are about to arrest him (mistakenly, of course) for the murder of one of the witnesses — a chase scene that, almost more than anything else in the movie, defines what makes “Tell No One” such a satisfying film. In the hands of a bigger, more commercial director, there would be plenty of heart-pounding suspense when Cluzet jumps from his hospital-consulting-room window and dashes toward the Boulevard Périphérique, the six-lane highway that lies just down the street. There would be a nail-biting moment as he threads his way across the highway, between oncoming cars; and a feeling of cautious relief as he dives into the warren of the Marché aux Puces and seems fleetingly safe. But the humanity would be missing.