With a Friend Like Harry... (2000)
"Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  15 June 2001 (USA)
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Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel's life... and things take a sinister turn.



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Complete credited cast:
Harry (as Sergi Lopez)
Liliane Rovère ...
Dominique Rozan ...
Michel Fau ...
Victoire de Koster ...
Laurie Caminata ...
Lorena Caminata ...


On a hot day in a highway gas station men's room, a man Michel doesn't recognize says they went to school together. He's Harry. He suggests they have a drink, so he and his girlfriend follow Michel and his family to their summer place. Michel is amazed when Harry quotes from memory a poem Michel wrote in school. Harry thinks Michel is a great writer, and he's distressed that Michel hasn't written in years. Harry stays awhile (since his father's death, he's a man of leisure) and sets out to eliminate distractions that might keep Michel from writing. First he buys Michel a car (with air conditioning) and then suspicious things happen. Michel picks up a pen, Harry is gratified, but he's not finished being Michel's self-appointed patron. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »


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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$29,495 (USA) (20 April 2001)


$3,818,452 (USA) (27 July 2001)

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Miramax Films released U.S. version in theaters. See more »


[on how to deal with difficult parents]
Harry Ballestero: You have to overreact.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credit sequence, a straight-down aerial shot, the letters of the credits cast shadows on the ground (with realistic penumbras) as if they were actually suspended in mid-air. See more »


Featured in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »


For piano and violin
Arranged by David Sinclair Whitaker
Piano: Ian Brown
Violin: Jonathan Rees
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Slow-paced but tense French thriller.
7 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

There is something alarming and off-kilter about Harry from the moment we meet him; his casual way of speaking about orgasms and forgotten childhood poems to (essentially) complete strangers just a few hours after their first meeting only intensifies our suspicions. Sergi Lopez gives a brilliantly unnerving yet subtle performance as Harry, and he's the best reason to see the film. But not the only one. The director is able to present characters, situations and family tensions that are thoroughly believable, thereby drawing us deeply into the story. The acting is first-rate, the camerawork excellent; what the film needed to help it move into the realm of "great" was a little more snap. (***)

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