Tell No One (2006)

Harlan Coben has made a nice living out of writing typically American novels, stories of kidnap and murder with complex plots and mostly happy endings. Imagine my surprise when Tell No One was turned into a very French film last year.

Ne le dis à personne is surprisingly successful in moving the story to Paris while not neglecting too much of Coben’s complex plot.  The cast are a bunch of familiar French character actors plus Kristin Scott Thomas. And Coben in a cameo as a man at a train station. There’s a bit of a lull in the middle, leaving too much exposition to the last half-hour, and there are a couple of music video interludes, but it feels for all the world like a 70s Chabrol thriller, both in style and content.

In French with English subtitles. It will be interesting to see if we get an American remake.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★★★☆

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