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Tell No One Tops 2008 Foreign Imports at U.S. Box Office

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 17, 2008 at 5:43AM

Guillaume Canet's unexpected French hit Tell No One, a twisty thriller that was overlooked by bigger stateside distribs and released by upstart Music Box Films, has now grossed over $6.2 million in the US, which makes it the highest-grossing foreign-language film of the year so far.
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Guillaume Canet's unexpected French hit Tell No One, a twisty thriller that was overlooked by bigger stateside distribs and released by upstart Music Box Films, has now grossed over $6.2 million in the US, which makes it the highest-grossing foreign-language film of the year so far.

The DVD and Blu-Ray are due in the first quarter of 2009.

Here's the trailer:

Tell No One could wind up on a lot of ten best lists. Critics' groups tend to give one film a year a best foreign film prize. For me, so many of my fave films this year come from abroad, where filmmakers have the freedom to make small-scale dramas with great actors and unexpected stories that dig into the human condition in a way we don't. Even indie movies, these days, are striving for commercial acceptance (Steven Soderbergh and Charlie Kaufman aside).

Another foreign import that could be rewarded by critics is Let the Right One In, a Swedish vampire film that is artfully made in a way that rarely happens here. While it's about vampires, with horrific but not sexy elements, it is an art film, not a horror thriller:

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Thriller


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.