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3 Must-See French Thrillers



3 Must-See French Thrillers

Celebrating the premiere of the French thriller series Haunted, in which a woman is haunted by her past and, just when she thought life about to be perfect, her nerves are put to test, we have selected three French thrillers you must not miss!

Elle - 2016

Directed by multiple award-winning director Paul Verhoeven, Elle chronicles how a successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. The production is based on the novel, Oh, by Philippe Djian, which received the Prix Interallié in France.

Elle premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film; it was also selected as the French entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not nominated. At the 42nd César Awards in France, the film received eleven nominations, and won Best Film.

Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) - 2006

Based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben, Tell No One is a 2006 production in which an accidental discovery near a doctor's estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after his wife's hideous murder. Now, things are bound to take a turn for the unexpected. Does the good doctor know more than he's letting on?

Written by Canet and Philippe Lefebvre and starring François Cluzet, the film won four categories at the 2007 César Awards in France: Best Director (Guillaume Canet), Best Actor (François Cluzet), Best Editing and Best Music Written for a Film.

Hidden (Caché) - 2005

Written and directed by Michael Haneke and starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, this is a masterpiece of this genre. The plot follows an aristocratic French couple terrorized by anonymous tapes that appear on their front porch and that seem to indicate that the family is under surveillance. Clues in the videos point to Georges's childhood memories, and his resistance to his parents' adopting an Algerian orphan named Majid, who was sent away. The tapes lead him to the now-grown Majid.

The film won three awards at Cannes, including Best Director; five European Film Awards, including Best Film; and other honors. It was controversially disqualified for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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