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

by Anne Thompson
November 17, 2008 5:43 AM
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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]

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