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Kimberly Peirce To Take On Another Remake

It seems as if Carrie remake director, Kimberly Peirce, is finding a niche for herself. Although her current production is…well, in production, she’s signed on to renovate the French thriller With A Friend Like Harry…(2000).

No word as of yet who will star in the rejuvenation, but the original – directed by Dominik Moll – featured Laurent Lucas (The Kate Logan Affair) and Mathilde Seigner (Time Regained) as a middle-class couple who befriend Plum (Sophie Guillemin) and Harry (Sergi LópezDirty Pretty Things). However, as their friendship reaches new levels, Harry’s fascination with the couple becomes clearer and creepier.

If it wasn’t enough that Peirce is working on a remake of Carrie (one of the most popular ‘horror’ films of all time), but the original version of Harry… was nominated for the esteemed Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Personally, I haven’t seen any of her previous work,
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My Afternoons With Margueritte – The Review

Film fans have been enchanted by cinema small towns like Bedford Falls in It’S A Wonderful Life ( and of course TV fans will always adore the charms of The Andy Griffith Show’s Mayberry ) for many years. Well, let’s hop across the pond and spend some time in a mellow little village over in France. This is the setting of a sweet little love story called My Afternoons With Margueritte that begins with a chance encounter between two villagers with very little in common, but who soon are able to fill a void in each other’s lives.

We first meet the younger, male half of the duo during the film’s opening titles. Chazes Germain ( Gerard Depaedieu ) is a middle aged, lumbering, good natured jack-of-all-trades known to most everyone in the little town. He frequently hangs out at a local tavern ( you almost expect them to yell
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My Afternoons with Margueritte – review

Gérard Depardieu leaves a trail of saccharine behind him in this sickly tale of friendship between a smalltown chump and an old lady, writes Peter Bradshaw

You really will need a sweet tooth for this one. Or rather, you will need a complete set of dentures made out of Mars Bars and Creme Eggs. It is a glutinously sentimental small-town tale about a supposedly lovable dungaree-wearing chump called Germain, played by Gérard Depardieu. Royally messed up in childhood by a cruel mum and derided by oafish mates at the local bistro, he finds friendship with a sweet-natured old lady in the park, played by veteran Gisèle Casadesus. That's not to say he is entirely missing out on life, oh dear me no: the extremely portly, jowly Germain just happens to be enjoying regular sex with a (mystifyingly) devoted girlfriend, played by 32-year-old Sophie Guillemin, one of French cinema's most attractive
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Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien (2000)

Somestimes, you just have to do a lot of research to find a nice thriller. Even though its script could have been improved, Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien will more than entertain you. Besides, it's rare to see a thriller in which the cast's performance always hits the right note.

Michel (Laurent Lucas) and his wife, Claire (Mathilde Seigner), are going to their summer house for their vacation. However, the temperature is hot and Michel's car has no air conditionning. No wonder their three kids are insufferable. Obviously, Michel stops his car at a gas station in order to have a break from his children. While he's in the men's bathroom of the gas station, Michel is approached by Harry (Sergi López).

According to Harry, Michel and him both went to high school together. However, Michel has no recollection of such a thing. This doesn't stop Harry
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Cannes film review: 'Harry, He is Here to Help'

Cannes film review: 'Harry, He is Here to Help'
There is more than just a little Hitchcockian mischief at work in "Harry, He is Here to Help", an artfully entertaining psychological thriller by German-born French filmmaker Dominik Moll ("Intimacy").

But it's an affectionate, thoughtfully crafted homage that plays on the master's pet themes of guilt exchange and repressed desires rather than simply aping his visual style.

Aside from a title that's a little clunky in either language, the picture should scare up some healthy numbers in France and could be a respectable art house performer on the other side of the Atlantic.

In the midst of a particularly stressful road trip, Michel Laurent Lucas), his wife Claire (Mathilde Seigner) and their three young daughters take a fateful bathroom break at a highway rest stop.

While washing his hands, Michel encounters Harry (Sergi Lopez), an old classmate he really doesn't remember. But Michel obviously made a major impact on Harry, who can not only recite poetry Michel wrote for the school newspaper, he also used to date his ex-girlfriends.

We're talking scary obsession here.

But before Michel has a chance to pick up the warning signs, Harry manages to invite himself and his sweet but dim fiancee Plum (Sophie Guillemin) over to their ramshackle vacation home.

Determined to help simplify Michel's life so that he can go back to some long-unfinished writing, Harry makes a number of increasingly consequential decisions on his unwitting host's behalf.

Of course it doesn't take too long to realize that the trouble with Harry is that there's a certified psycho lying just beneath the Zen-like surface.

But while everybody knows early on that no good can come of Harry's creepily affable presence, it's fun watching Lopez, an actor previously known for a series of nice-guy roles, insinuate himself into their dysfunctional lives, seeping in and taking hold like an opportunistic disease.

Director Moll, who wrote the screenplay along with Gilles Marchand, isn't afraid to mix a little humor in with the darker stuff which, for the most part, is tastefully played out offscreen.

The gently macabre tone is further enhanced by Matthieu Poirot-Delpech's elegantly moody cinematography and a neatly ironic, piano-driven score composed by old pro David Sinclair Whitaker, who used to make spines tingle for numerous vintage Hammer films.


Diaphana Films

Director: Dominik Moll

Producer: Michel Saint-Jean

Screenwriter: Dominik Moll &

Gilles Marchand

Director of photography:

Matthieu Poirot-Delpech

Production designer:

Michel Barthelemy

Editor: Yannick Kergoat

Costume designer: Virginie Montel

Music: David Sinclair Whitaker


Michel: Laurent Lucas

Harry: Sergi Lopez

Claire: Mathilde Seigner

Plum: Sophie Guillemin

Michel's mother: Liliane Rovere

Michel's father: Dominique Rozan

Running time -- 117 minutes

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