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

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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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Michel
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Harry (as Sergi Lopez)
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Claire
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Liliane Rovère ...
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Dominique Rozan ...
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Michel Fau ...
Eric
Victoire de Koster ...
Jeanne
Laurie Caminata ...
Sarah
Lorena Caminata ...
Iris
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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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$29,495 (USA) (20 April 2001)

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$3,818,452 (USA) (27 July 2001)
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Publishing 1927 by EMI Catalogue Partnership
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A real gem!
20 January 2005 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

With a Friend Like Harry is a jewel of its kind, Hitchcock would love it. Consider that most of it takes place either indoors or outdoors at night or on menacing serpentine roads. Very claustrophobic effects, just like the master himself. And it is devoid of the usual clichéd homages & in-jokes that prevail in the usual Hitchcock wannabe film. It builds smoothly & menacingly, with perfect tempo, the characters are believable to the point of banality - again, just like the master's very best films. But over & above the expert elements of suspense & character & humor that pervade this movie, I would like to add that it is a delicious contemporary reading of the universal Faust legend & to me that is it's ultimate brilliance.


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