Saturday, July 12, 2008

Spread the Word

While impatiently waiting for the July 18 release of "The Dark Knight," I went to the movies last weekend to see what subsequently became my favorite film of 2008 to date: "Tell No One."

Released in 2006 in France and subsequently throughout Europe, the film finally bowed in the U.S. on July 4 via indie distributor Music Box Films. It was definitely worth the wait.

Based upon a novel by American writer Harlan Coben, "Tell No One" stars Francois Cluzet as Dr. Beck, a pediatrician whose idyllic life is shattered by the apparent murder of his wife and lifelong sweetheart, played by the stunning and talented French Canadian actress Marie-Josee Crozee, most recently seen in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and probably best known as the seductive Dutch assassin in Steven Spielberg's "Munich."

Eight years later, Beck's life is shattered again when he receives a mysterious e-mail that suggests his wife may not be dead after all. His best friend (and lesbian lover to his sister) -- played by the luminous Kristin Scott Thomas -- thinks he's crazy, the cops now think he killed his wife, and he's soon off on a desperate quest to uncover the truth.

I'm probably not doing a good job of selling this, but trust me: It's excellent. As Kenneth Turan said in his review in the Los Angeles Times, "Tell everyone about 'Tell No One.'"

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