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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 31, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Tell someone about “Tell No One”

New on DVD this week is one of my favorite movies of last year: the French thriller “Tell No One,” written and directed by Guillaume Canet. It came and went from theaters relatively quickly last summer, but I can’t imagine that anyone who saw it forgot it. Here’s its audacious premise (it’s based on a Harlen Coben crime novel): A man whose wife disappeared — presumably murdered — eight years ago begins to receive mysterious email messages, hinting that his wife may still be alive. “Tell no one,” is how the messages end. Still grieving yet intrigued, he enters a cinematic hall of mirrors, caught in a web of flashing plot and sharp-eyed women.
The American remake is already in the works (Luc Besson’s production company EuropaCorp is negotiating it), but do yourself a favor and see the real thing. If you love smart thrillers, you can’t do much better than this one.

(Photo courtesy Music Box Films)

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