Film Review: Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)

Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)

Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)

A wicked little thriller with a mother of a contorted plot and some truly stunning moments of suspense and action, but very little else. The conclusion bombards the audience with one twist after another, and the effect is numbing. It doesn’t help that the twists themselves are pretty pedestrian.

It’s great that the action and suspense sequences are VERY well done, but they feel strangely disjointed from the overall narrative drive. And anyway, the characters aren’t fleshed out enough for the grave plot to have any significant emotional impact.

François Cluzet — as the protagonist, Dr. Alex Beck — is great at holding the camera’s attention and keeping an audience interested for the film’s overly lengthy 125 minutes, but there’s very little reason for us to invest in him, other than the fact that he looks like a good guy and is on the run from the cops due to false accusation.

We’re also expected to feel for the relationship between him and his wife without knowing much about either. Dialogue snippets like “I miss her” and a truly bizarre use of plaintive American pop music are apparently enough.


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