It is a good thing this adaptation of the Harlan Coben novel was not done in Hollywood---I can just imagine the "creepy thriller".
Guillaume Canet has made an intelligent thriller and love story,so exciting you don't notice the running time.
Francois Cluzet carries the film,helped by a great cast.
Was well on it's way to a 5-star rating until the last third's relentless convolution. However, I liked a lot about the film. The flashbacks were well done, the tale was definitely intriguing until it went too far off the rails, great soundtrack (loved the Jeff Buckley montage!), the lighting and some of the shot framing were lovely, and decent acting when the script allowed. Typical one-dimensional cops, tho.
I have to remember to do a big favor for a criminal just in case I get framed for a murder. It really helps out. I remember KST talking about how she's too typecast in England, but she can play different types of people when she works in France. As far as the ending where they explain things, it was fine. Just one way to explain the intrigue.
That's what thrillers are supposed to do: THRILL! yes, sometimes the plot is convenient, predictable or even ridiculous, but it's such a joy ride of riveting, edge of your seat moments that it all works out wonders at the end. That's entertainment.
Stylish, smart, and mature - a refreshing thriller. Unfortunately, it was a little too vague and meandering in the middle, making for an accumulation of many needless minutes. But in the end it was satisfying, and that's what matters.