Tell No One (2006): Guillaume Canet’s Award-Winning French Thriller, Starring François Cluzet

Guillaume Canet directed and co-wrote Tell No One, a French thriller based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben.

The film won four César Awards (French Oscars): Best Director (Guillaume Canet), Best Actor (François Cluzet), Best Editing and Best Music.

Narrative Premise

Alexandre Beck is a doctor who’s trying to put his life back together after his wife Margot was murdered by a serial killer. Eight years on, Alex is doing well, until he finds himself implicated in a double homicide, though he knows nothing of the crimes.

Alex receives an email that seems to be from Margot, which includes a link to a surveillance video clip that features her looking alive and well. The message warns Alex that they are both being watched. He struggles to stay one step ahead of the law, while henchmen intimidate his friends into telling them whatever they might know about him.

In the meantime, Alex’s sister Anne persuades her well-off wife Hélène to hire a respected attorney, Élisabeth Feldman, to handle Alex’s case.

It becomes gradually clear that Margot is still alive. She attempts to arrange a meeting with Alex by sending him an email which he must read in an internet cafe.

Before this meeting, a warrant is issued for Alex’s arrest for another murder, forcing him to go on the run whilst his friends and lawyers struggle to find out the truth about Margot’s reappearance.

French title: Ne le dis à personne