"French Crime Drama"
What You Need To Know:
TELL NO ONE is a first-rate thriller that delves deep into much immorality, which ultimately is the cause of a conspiracy. In the end, the truth becomes known (at least to viewers), and justice is almost done. It is left unresolved as to whether all those involved will be brought to justice, however. In addition to homosexual characters, TELL NO ONE has plenty of foul language and full frontal nudity in one scene, though shown from a distance.
(HH, HoHo, B, LLL, VV, S, NNN, A, D, MM) Strong humanist worldview with no mention of God, mixed with strong homosexual elements wherein protagonist relies on his lesbian sister’s lover as his confidante, but man loves his wife and tries to help her survive nefarious forces; 36 obscenities, no profanities; strong violence includes characters shot onscreen with pistol and shotgun, offscreen shootings as well, fist fights, slap, car crashes, woman viciously kicked and beat up, images of corpses; sexual content includes lesbian references, including perfunctory lesbian kiss on lips, and references to rape; full frontal male and female nudity, though seen from a distance, plus rear female and male nudity; much alcohol drinking but no drunkenness; much smoking; and, kidnapping, murder, lying, hiding evidence from police, criminal injustice, and corruption.
TELL NO ONE is an intriguing crime story from France, about a widower named Alexandre, who is still grieving his wife’s murder from eight years ago, but now receives an e-mail and video from his late wife, proving she’s not dead. His wife is in trouble and tells him to tell no one that she is alive.
At the same time, new evidence surfaces, and the police reopen the case with Alexandre as the chief suspect of his wife’s murder. He flees from the police hours before he is to meet up with his wife in a park, but the meeting doesn’t happen. Alexandre unravels a conspiracy of thugs intent on finding him in order to find his wife. He befriends a local street gang leader who comes to his rescue more than once. The movie twists and turns with many plot developments as the police close in on Alexandre, only to reveal that there is much more to the story than a simple murder.
TELL NO ONE is based on a well-known American thriller and the turns of plot will keep viewers guessing as to what’s really happening. In that regard, it is a first-rate thriller. Unique to this genre of movie is the emotional connection that Alexandre has for his wife. The story of their romance since childhood appears in flashback. Their strong relationship adds to the ending’s pathos. The performances are first rate, the directing is terrific and the story is intriguing.
The plot itself delves deep into much immorality and a world of police on a powerful man’s payroll, covering up immoral behavior that ultimately is the cause of the whole conspiracy. Alexandre’s sister is a lesbian, and her “wife” (the term the movie uses) is Alexandre’s confidante. In the end, the truth becomes known (at least to the viewers) and justice is almost done. It is left unresolved as to whether all those involved will be brought to justice, however.
In addition to homosexual characters, TELL NO ONE contains plenty of foul language and full frontal male and female nudity, though seen from a distance. It is a well-made thriller, but its appeal is limited by these negative elements.