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My Best Friend (I) (2006)
"Mon meilleur ami" (original title)

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Catherine, refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part.

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An unlikable, selfish guy hires someone to pose as his best friend in order to win a bet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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François
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Bruno
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Catherine
Julie Durand ...
Louise
Jacques Mathou ...
Père Bruno
Marie Pillet ...
Mère Bruno
Élisabeth Bourgine ...
Julia (as Elizabeth Bourgine)
Henri Garcin ...
Delamotte
Jacques Spiesser ...
Letellier
Philippe du Janerand ...
Luc Lebinet
Fabienne Chaudat ...
Épouse Lebinet
Jean-François Kopf ...
Commissaire priseur
Alain Rimoux ...
Marchand dîner
Marc Faure ...
Ami dîner 1
Éric Frey ...
Ami dîner 2
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François is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. Having accepted the wager, François naively tears through his address book, trying to shoehorn an increasingly unlikely series of contacts into the all-important role. Moving through Paris, he keeps encountering a trivia-spouting, big-hearted cabbie named Bruno. Bruno's chatty, lowbrow ways grate against François's designer temperament, but he covets the other man's easy way with people. He convinces Bruno to teach him how to make friends and sets about learning the "... Written by IFC Films

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It takes a lifetime to learn the meaning of friendship...Francois has 10 days.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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20 December 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mi mejor amigo  »

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Opening Weekend:

$45,246 (USA) (13 July 2007)

Gross:

$1,422,461 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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When François and Louise sit in Bruno's taxi, during a cut showing the passengers the taxi is moving, but in the cuts before and after (showing the driver) the same cars can be seen parked on the side as if the taxi was standing still in between. See more »

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Bruno: Same old story. You meet people, get close to them... then they're gone. Friendship is a myth.
François: Look who's talking! You make friends with everyone.
Bruno: Everyone's the same as nobody. Believe me, we're always alone.
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Prélude en LA mineur
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Jean-Sébastien Bach)
Performed by Olivier Vernet
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Very amiable
27 May 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

My Best Friend isn't Patrice Leconte's best and it's probably not as funny as it could be, but it's so amiable that it really doesn't matter. It's a redemption comedy, with Daniel Auteuil's antique dealer so disinterested in the people around him that he doesn't even know that his business partner is a lesbian and is amazed to find that he has no friends, merely contacts. Challenged to present his mythical best friend by the end of the month or lose a valuable vase, he sets about an increasingly desperate search that takes in strangers in the street and even a former classmate to all-too predictable results before hiring Danny Boon's personable cabdriver to show him how to make friends, oblivious to the fact that Boon doesn't seem to have any friends either. No prizes for guessing how it all works out, but it's nicely played, with Auteuil's grimly smiling desperation offset nicely by Boon's sheer sad sack likability. The Who Wants To Be a Millionaire climax is somewhat drawn out, but it's hard to dislike a film that uses one characters obsession with quiz show trivia to name check Georges Simenon, Jean Renoir and both versions of The Man Who Knew too Much.


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