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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 (as Sergi Lopez)
Mathilde Seigner ... Claire
Sophie Guillemin ... Prune (Plum)
Liliane Rovère ... Mother
Dominique Rozan Dominique Rozan ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonate No. 5 for Piano, KV 283
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Ian Brown
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Creepy right from the start
8 April 2004 | by eVissaSee all my reviews

When I rented this movie I thought I was in for a black comedy, but when Harry approached Michele, his old school mate, there was something ever so slightly creepy about him. Nothing you could your finger on, it just felt not quite right... From that point onwards Harry was always there, remembering word for word a poem that Michele had written while at school, remembering Michele's story written years before. Harry was so nice, so attentive and yet so odd... Was Harry in love with Michele?

Your instinct tells you something's not right but you keep watching, hoping that you can figure Harry out, giving him the benefit of the doubt, while all the while your gut instinct is that this guy is trouble, he's a manipulator, he's calling the shots, and yet you push those thoughts aside as he's so charming.

This film held my attention, I was hooked right from the start. It's classy, understated, with a wealth of detail in the merest glance. With a subtlety that you rarely see in US or UK movies. If you like lots of action, you probably won't like this movie, it moves inexorably onwards to what you sense is going to end in tears.

A very good movie, not to everyone's taste, but if you like subtlety, classy acting, and an insight into how a psychopath can insinuate himself into your life, this movie's for you.


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