With A Friend Like Harry (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Harry, Un Ami Qui Vous Veut Du Bien

Alternate title:  Harry, He’s Here To Help

France, 2000.  , Centre National de la Cinématographie, , , Procirep, Sofica Sofinergie 5.  Scenario by Dominik Moll, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

I’ll be a friend and tell you not to bother. This film descends upon you with a very slow, but never careful or deliberate, pace, featuring characters that are obvious from the beginning and rarely reveal anything significant about themselves.    plays an average guy with a beautiful wife () and three bratty daughters who runs into an old high school chum () in a public bathroom at a rest stop on his way to the cottage. The old friend, now a rich bachelor with nothing to do but burn time with his pretty fiancee, invites himself over to Lucas’ home and quietly works his way into their life. He never gets particularly obsessed or frightening, he just starts killing people halfway through the film, and until the very end no one is ever wise to his activities, nor do they find him very unsettling or frightening, just a little annoying because he keeps buying them things.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

European Film Award:  Best European Actor (Sergi Lopez)
Nominations: Best European Film; Best European Screenwriter

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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