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Sunday, July 27, 2008

How do you say 'willing suspension of disbelief' in French?

If you go see Tell No One, the new French movie based on the best-selling crime novel by Harlan Coben, you have to ask for your tickets in a melodramatic hushed tone. That's what I did and I had a great time. I kept thinking, I wouldn't be buying a minute of this if I were reading it: Alex Beck believes his wife was murdered eight years previous but begins to receive mysterious messages that show her to possibly be alive and then gets tangled up into other murder investigations--but the film is totally fun. It reminded me in some ways of Diva, an amazing French crime procedural with secret recordings and messages that get mixed up among various messengers and interceptors, and another story that requires a significant amount of suspended disbelief. Andrew O'Hehir jokes around on Salon about the unlikely transfer from American best-seller to French art house:
When the inevitable English-language version follows, it will provoke a trivia question (and one I can't answer, at least not without more Internet spelunking than I'm willing to do right now): Name other American movies inspired by foreign-language films based on American novels.

Salon readers suggested A Fistful of Dollars (from Kurosawa's Yojimbo, based in part on the Dashiell Hammett novels Red Harvest and The Glass Key) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (from the French film Purple Noon, based on Patricia Highsmith's series). I'm not sure that the second one counts since the Anthony Minghella film wasn't really a remake of the French movie; another Salon reader was skeptical of A Fistful of Dollars being included because it had only an American star, but wasn't an American movie.

My stab at a trivia question related to the movie--really, just a noting of a weird coincidence: how many other films is Marie-Josee Croze going to be in this year with songs from U2's Achtung Baby playing at crucial moments?

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