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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.

Director:

Dominik Moll

Writers:

Dominik Moll (scenario), Gilles Marchand (scenario) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurent Lucas ... Michel
Sergi López ... Harry Balestrero (as Sergi Lopez)
Mathilde Seigner ... Claire
Sophie Guillemin ... Prune (Plum)
Liliane Rovère ... Michel's Mother
Dominique Rozan Dominique Rozan ... Michel's Father
Michel Fau ... Eric
Victoire de Koster Victoire de Koster ... Jeanne
Laurie Caminata Laurie Caminata ... Sarah
Lorena Caminata Lorena Caminata ... Iris
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Storyline

Michel, his wife Claire and their three little daughters Jeanne, Sarah and Iris are traveling to their cottage in Switzerland to spend summer vacation. When they stop the car, Michel goes to the toilet and a man stares at him. Soon the man introduces himself as Harold "Harry" Balestoro, who studied with Michel in high school and knows him very well. When Michel and his family go to their car, Harry parks his Mercedes Benz and introduces his fiancée Plum to the couple and invites themselves to travel to Michel's house for a drink. Later her recalls by heart a poem written by Michel and shows that he was obsessed for Michel. Harry is surprised that Michel does not write anymore and tells that he is wealthy since he has inherited his father's investments. Michel and Claire are middle-class and are still repairing their cottage by themselves. Harry and Plum stay for the night in the guest room and in the morning, Harry gives a 4x4 V6 Pajero to his new friends. They do not accept but ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Who needs enemies?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »
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Miramax Films released U.S. version in theaters. See more »

Quotes

[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 »


Soundtracks

Ramona
Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert (as L.W. Gilbert) and Mabel Wayne (as M. Wayne)
Performed by Dolores del Rio
Publishing 1927 by EMI Catalogue Partnership
By permission of Editions EMI Catalogue Partnership France
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An enjoyable thriller, nothing more, nothing less.
17 March 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Harry, He Is Here To Help' is a pretty awful title for a very entertaining French thriller. I can't claim it is the greatest thriller I've ever seen, or that it will change your life, but it's well written with interesting characters, isn't as obvious and predictable as most Hollywood movies in this vein, and it has a satisfying conclusion. As modern thrillers go, it's a very enjoyable one and should please most fans of the genre. The strength of the movie is in the performances of the two main male leads, Larent Lucas who plays Michel and Sergi Lopez who plays Harry. I can imagine if this was remade in Hollywood and they were played by (insert likely actors here) just how obvious and stereotypical their characters would be. Michel bumps into Harry while traveling with his wife Claire (Mathilde Seigner) and three young daughters. Harry is an old school chum that Michel has long forgotten, but it quickly becomes obvious that Harry remembers Michel, quoting from memory a poem he wrote in High School that Michel can hardly even recall writing. Harry charms Michel and pretty soon Harry and his beautiful girlfriend Plum (Sophie Guillemin) are invited along to Michel and Claire's modest holiday house. Harry is quirky but charming and reveals that he is independently wealthy. His reminisces about Michel's youthful writing stirs up something long forgotten in Michel, and this, along with Harry's insistence on helping financially, creates tension between Michel and his wife. However things aren't as straightforward as that. Harry has other ideas in mind... I won't spoil what happens as the story progresses, that would ruin the fun. An enjoyable thriller, nothing more, nothing less. Highly recommended.


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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

With a Friend Like Harry... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,495, 22 April 2001

Gross USA:

$3,830,441

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,476,522
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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