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Tell No One ****Starring: Francois Cluzet, Krisitin Scott Thomas, André Dussollier, Marie-Josée CrozeDir: Guillaume CanetCert: 15; 2hrs 10mOne of the real joys of cinema-going is stumbling across a film which you know nothing about in advance but which then steals its way into your soul.

By Andrew Clarke

Tell No One ****

Starring: Francois Cluzet, Krisitin Scott Thomas, André Dussollier, Marie-Josée Croze

Dir: Guillaume Canet


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Cert: 15; 2hrs 10m

One of the real joys of cinema-going is stumbling across a film which you know nothing about in advance but which then steals its way into your soul. Such is the case with Tell No One, a superior French thriller which defies you to second guess how all the loose ends will ultimately all be tied up.

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Based on the best-selling novel by American author Harlan Coben, this is a film which takes its lead from Hollywood while cleverly sidestepping all the trite action clichés and tiresome formulaic set-pieces which tinsel town now packs into its high profile films - in lieu of a sensible story.

Tell No One is a film which demands the audience pays attention to the complex plot but does reward us with a beguiling and ingenious tale, which keeps everyone guessing until the final credits roll. The story may seem confusing at first but as all the pieces fall into place, Tell No One becomes one of those rare films where all the seemingly disparate elements all fit neatly together to make a clever and coherent story. You have to take nothing on trust which is very rare in this day and age.

Director Guillaume Canet takes great pains to make sure that while he wrong-foots the audience as he tells the tale, he leaves nothing undone as brings everything to a fulfilling conclusion.

For those looking for something to compare it with, Tell No One is probably best described as a more cerebral cross between Harrison Ford's The Fugitive and Double Jeopardy where Ashley Judd is accused of a murder she didn't commit.

Francois Cluzet plays a doctor who is accused of killing his wife eight years after her murder. He knows he didn't do it but is at a loss to know how to convince the police who seem to be turning up more incriminating evidence every day.

Alarmingly all his wife's friends - the very people who could help prove his innocence - are being also being murdered one by one. Someone is out to get him but he doesn't know who and he doesn't know why.

It's a fabulously tense film which will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire 130 minute running time. Cluzet is a very believable leading man while he gains good support from Britain's own Kristin Scott Thomas as a resourceful friend and chic Parisian restaurateur.

You will forget you are reading sub-titles after the first two minutes which is a sure sign of a good film.

A real treat from start to finish. Catch it while you can.

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