2008-08-15 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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"Tell No One" - Twists La Hitchcock

The innocent man falsely accused is one of the staple storylines in the late Alfred Hitchcock's films ("North By Northwest," "The Wrong Man," "Saboteur," "The 39 Steps").

Now, French director/co-writer Guillaume Canet is treading in the suspense master's footsteps with "Tell No One." Its spellbinding twists and turns are brilliantly executed in a way that would impress Hitch himself.

Based on Harlan Coben's best selling thriller, the film puts a popular Parisian pediatrician, Dr. Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet), in the center of the murder investigation of his beloved wife, Margot (Marie-Josée Croze). The still grieving Dr. Beck is suddenly a suspect in the crime, which was closed eight years ago. Margot's beaten and slashed body was found near a country lake, shortly after the couple swam nude and made love. The doctor was discovered unconscious lying on a raft. Having been clubbed, he remained in a coma for three days.

The case is reopened when two bodies are unearthed, along with a key to a safe deposit box, which holds photos and a murder weapon tying Dr. Beck to the crime. However, he is receiving e-mails and a surveillance picture on his computer that make him wonder whether Margot is alive.

The e-mails come with the warning, "Tell no one. They're watching."

Before long, Beck is running through the streets and alleys of Paris with the police in hot pursuit. The breathtaking chase sequence has an unusual surprise element as the doctor's gangster friend Bruno (Gilles Lellouche) uses his thugs to thwart the crazed coppers. Bruno's devotion is due to the doctor having saved his hemophiliac son's life. While the plot so far may seem dense, it is only a brief glimpse of what involves a labyrinthine thread leading to high-level sexual/political corruption. But, Canet keeps the action away from big social themes and on the guileless doctor and his relentless love for his lost wife.

See 'Tell No One." Then, see it again to pick up the picayune but, in fact, powerful plot points you may have missed the first time.

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