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'Tell No One' to screen

RELEASED: Feb. 16, 2010

scene from Tell No One
Eight years after the death of his wife (Marie-Josee Croze), a husband (Francois Cluzet) finds himself implicated in her murder in "Tell No One."

EAU CLAIRE — "Tell No One" (France 2006) " —a top-notch thriller so twisty you may forget to breathe" (Los Angeles Times) — will screen Feb. 25-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Winner of four Cesar Awards, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Francois Cluzet stars as Alexandre Beck, a pediatrician who still grieves eight years after the murder of his beloved wife Margot. When two bodies are found near the scene of the crime, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again. The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to video that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive — and a message to "tell no one."

"I've heard of airtight plots. This one is not merely airtight, but hermetically sealed," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "I wouldn't want to reveal a single detail that would spoil the mystery. ... Here is how a thriller should be made."

"Tell No One" is the second feature directed by actor Guillaume Canet ("Joyeux Noel"), who co-wrote the screenplay with American novelist Harlan Coben, author of the book that inspired the film.

"Even though 'Tell No One' was a top performer in its native France (where it won four Cesars, the French Oscars, and was nominated for five more) as well as a box office success all across Europe, this was a film that nearly didn't get any kind of American theatrical distribution," reported the Los Angeles Times. "Even when you added major French-speaking actors such as Nathalie Baye, Jean Rochefort, Kristin Scott Thomas and Marie-Josee Croze ... the wild complexities of 'Tell No One's' plot apparently scared off all the major specialty distributors. Finally, two years after its French success, a tiny but intrepid Chicago-based company called Music Box Films has brought this assured film to theaters."

The film went on to become a $6 million-grossing word-of-mouth hit. Last spring Miramax and Focus Features International acquired the rights for an English-language remake that is still in the early stages of production, helmed by Kathleen Kennedy.

In French with English subtitles, the 125-minute film is not rated.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate is collaborating with Le Salon Français [www.uwec.edu/lsf] in screening "Tell No One" as the first presentation in The Tournees Festival, a five-film series made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture.

The Tournee Festival will continue with the following free films, screening at 6:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre:

The French American Cultural Exchange Council launched The Tournee Festival in 1995 to encourage the distribution and viewing of contemporary French films at educational institutions. In collaboration with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinematographie, the Florence Gould Foundation and the French-American Cultural Fund, FACE Council supports French film festivals and screenings on more than 50 college campuses across the country each year.

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JS/DW

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