THRILLER; 2hr 11min (French with subtitles)
STARRING: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, Kristin Scott Thomas
Fast and furious: Cluzet
“Soulful” and “thriller” don’t generally occupy the same page, except maybe if you’re French and your subject is murder and heartbreak. Paediatrician Alex Beck (Cluzet) has been a lost soul since his childhood sweetheart and wife, Margot (Croze), was killed at their lake house one night. Then eight years later, he receives an email with footage of a woman who appears to be Margot and a warning to keep the news to himself. Since the dead don’t walk — except in horror films, which this artsy mosaic of a mystery, based on Harlan Coben’s 2001 novel and directed by Guillaume Canet, most assuredly is not — Margot is either alive or she has a double. Either way, the plot begins to thicken and thicken.
Stamina and suspense are imperative for any thriller worth its short-and-curlies, along with a grab-bag of twists. Tell No One is as twisty as they make them — a little too much so at times. But the burning question of what has become of Margot is hot enough to keep its many wheels turning.