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With a Friend Like Harry (2000)

Cast: Laurent Lucas, Laurent Lucas, Sergi López, more...
Director: Dominik Moll, Dominik Moll
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, France
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Dominik Moll directs this black comedy about a family outing gone to hell. The film opens with Michel (Laurent Lucas) and Claire (Mathilde Seigner) on the edge of a nervous breakdown in a cramped hot car with three screaming children. At a roadside rest stop, Michel meets Harry (Sergi Lopez) who, after some encouragement, recalls that they went to high school together. Harry and his girlfriend Plum (Sophie Guillemin) weasel their way into Michel and Claire's life, and soon the two are following the haggard family to their tumbledown summer cottage. Though he seems friendly enough, Michel and Claire start to notice that something is not quite right with their newfound friend -- he recites from memory a poem Michel wrote 20 years ago, he suddenly buys them an expensive new Jeep when their old car dies, and he has a tendency to kill people who get on his nerves. This film was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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Outstanding. by BeneGesserit February 5, 2008 - 6:18 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Somehow the synopsis gave me the idea that this was going to be madcap. That might be because it spoils almost the entire film.

Once you start watching it though, there's no doubt where the story is going anyway; it's still highly enjoyable since the film takes its time with character development. The humor is subtle compared to American black comedies, and the pace is glacial compared to American thrillers.

It teeters between warmth, hope, comic exasperation, and genuine fear. The performances are perfect. Very well done.

Hitchcock and Kubrick Step Aside by notrust July 21, 2006 - 5:38 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
If you like Hitchcock and Kubrick films, you simply MUST see this one. I usually despise about 75% of the movies I rent, but this one really stood out.

The movie was in French, but I think the subtitles helped to better immerse me into what was going on. I have seen many French films, but have yet to see anything so polished.

I found the events in this movie logical, believable, and interesting. I not only never knew what was going to happen next, I actually cared. There were none of the usual gaping plot holes that cause me the viewer to start talking back to the screen.

The shots of the French countryside were great, the lighting, sound, and DVD transfer were all superb. I could make absolutely no suggestions as to how the movie could be improved.

I will be looking at more of this director's films, if I can find them. Anyone who has watched Hitchcock and Kubrick's stuff will immediately sense a kindred spirit at work here.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2000
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
New French Extremity
Predominately films that would be classified as 'horror' with a few notable exceptions. Many films get lumped into this catagory because the director has made films considered "transgressive".

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