In this taut thriller, the case of a woman’s (Marie-Josee Croze) brutal murder is reopened years after the event and her husband (Francois Cluzet) becomes prime suspect. However the widower starts to receive emails which suggest his wife may still be alive.
Based on American author Harlan Coben’s best-seller, this intricately plotted multi-award winning film is reminiscent of Hollywood psychological thrillers – but better. The director avoids simply serving us a roaring melodrama by putting the emphasis on genuine emotions and quality acting. Cluzet puts in a crafted performance as the grieving husband and the supporting cast includes a who’s who of French cinema. Canet (34), actor turned director, adds a mature and stylish contribution to the tradition of French cinema transforming American thrillers into cinematic success.
This classy psychological suspense thriller cranks up the tension with episodes of energetic action, including a terrific back-street chase that plays like The French Connection … Guillaume Canet deftly negotiates the narrative swerves between social satire, melodrama and murder mystery. Mark Kermode, The Observer.
Keeps the thrill-o-meter on high and the suspension of disbelief even more so, largely due to its highly credible cast. Laura Bushell, BBCi Film Reviews.
Canet’s film is pure entertainment, but what’s wrong with that This is entertainment crafted with pace, wit and style, but above all else humanity. Only the truly hard-hearted could fail to be moved by the films heartfelt conclusion. Andrew Pragasam, Film Exposed.
Awards 2007, . 2007, Lumiere Awards, France, Best Film Guillaume Canet.