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Film: Tell No One
Tell no one. They're watching.

Tell No One is a 2006 Suspense film from France, based on a novel by Harlan Coben.

Alexandre Beck, a pediatrician, and his wife Margot, are Happily Married, until one night, when, while at the place where they had their First Kiss, they're attacked, and Margot is brutally murdered. Eight years later, Alexandre still hasn't been able to get over his wife's death. Then one day, two bodies are found near the place where Margot was murdered, and Alexandre becomes a suspect. Then he receives a mysterious e-mail that seems to suggest Margot is still alive...

This film contains examples of:

  • Action Duo: Alexandre, a pediatrician, and Bruno, a gangster, become this when Bruno is the only one Alexandre can turn to for help.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The novel's setting was changed for the movie from New York City to Paris, the characters were changed somewhat (in the novel, Helene was called Shauna and was a super-model), and a couple of plot twists are dropped, but mostly, it's the same plot.
  • Adult Fear: Discussed by Gilbert; he tells some of his Mooks about when Phillipe went to school for his first day, and how he suddenly realized how frightened he was that something could happen to him.
  • All-Star Cast: For fans of French films, this has quite a cast, with Francois Cluzet as Alexandre, plus Marie-Josee Croze, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Jean Rochefort, Nathalie Baye, and Andre Dussolier.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Big time.
  • Bury Your Gays: Averted; neither Anne nor Helene die, or are under any threat.
  • But Not Too Gay: Played with: Anne and Helene don't get as affectionate as Alexandre and Margot were, but they act like a married couple in other ways (Helene even refers to Anne as "my wife"), even fighting like one when Anne reveals she knew about Margot getting beat up by Philippe Neuville.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Bruno.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: During the Happy Flashback, we see Alexandre and Margot started out this way.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Margot is about to go on a plane and leave, never to come back, when she sees a news flash at the airport about Alexandre being a murder suspect. Because of this, she decides not to board the plane, and to go back to Alexandre instead. By doing this, she's able to escape the police.
  • The Danza: Philippe Lefebvre as Lieutenant Philippe Meynard.
  • Determinator: Alexandre, big time.
    • Captain Levkowitch is a milder version of this trope.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And how!
  • Flashback: When Alexandre decides to drown his sorrows, he has a combination of a Happy Flashback and a Troubled Backstory Flashback, as he remembers his wedding, his First Kiss with Margot when they were kids, and her funeral.
  • Genre Savvy: Jacques
  • I Believe That You Believe It: Helene acts this way when Alexandre tells her about the e-mail from Margot...at first. Later, she comes to believe him.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Jacques
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bruno. He's a gangster, he's rude to his associates and to people in general, and he's violent. However, he's devoted to his son, and because Alexandre has helped his son, he's willing to do whatever it takes to help Alexandre.
  • Male Gaze: Inverted; we see a shot of a waitress' rear end as she's walking away, but then it's revealed it was Helene looking at her.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: The discovery of the two bodies near where Margot was murdered eventually leads to The Reveal that Margot murdered Philippe Neuville after he beat her up, Jacques helped to cover it up, and was complicit with Gilbert Neuville in doing so.
  • Odd Couple: Alexandre and Bruno again; the only thing that binds them together is Alexandre not only treats Bruno's son, a hemophiliac, but also intervened on Bruno's behalf with the police, who believed Bruno was abusing his son.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Captain Levkowitch and Lieutenant Meynard.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as there's two characters named Phillipe.
  • Papa Wolf: Bruno and Gilbert. Also, Jacques
  • Plot Twist: Quite a few of them.
  • Product Placement: Mac laptops and Yahoo Mail, though both are connected to the plot.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Jacques
  • The Reveal: Margot was the one who killed Philippe Neuville, and Jacques helped cover it up. Also, Philippe molested kids, and Jacques had helped cover that up, including Gilbert having Alexandre's father killed. Oh, and Margot is still alive, and only left the country because Jacques told her Alexandre had been killed.
  • U2: Their music becomes an important plot point: as "With You Without You" plays over the movie, Alexandre remembers he and Margot went to see them in concert at the Olympia, and figures out the code she sent him so he can open her next e-mail.
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