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HARRY, UN AMI QUI VOUS VEUT DU BIEN
(WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY)
March 18, 2001
Camera Cinema Club
Camera 3, San Jose
-->Written.....Dominik Moll and Gilles Marchand
-->Harry.....Sergi Lopez [Morir (O No) (To Die (Or Not))]
-->Claire.....Mathilde Seigner [Venus Beaute (Institut) (Venus Beauty Institute)]
-->Prune (Plumb).....Sophie Guillemin
Chance meeting in rest area between two former schoolmates, changes both their lives forever.
Slowly paced. Well acted. Michel is on vacation with his wife and three daughters in France where they've purchased a fixer-uper. While in the restroom, a man strangely stares at him. Harry claims to be a former classmate from highschool. Michel can hardly remember the man, but Harry can recall sports incidents and even recite some of Michel's high school poetry. Somehow, Harry and his sexy, but dim girlfriend end up following Michel's family towards the country home. To say any more would almost immediately give away stuff best left to be discovered slowly as the film unspools. There is upper v. lower class. There is lazy v. hard-working. There is sex v. love. Parent v. child. Husband v. wife. There are mysteries and extremely dark comedic moments. Several plot points go in completely different directions than what you're expecting.
The slow pace and careful setup provided a stronger ending. I must confess I was bored for about half an hour in the middle until I was brought right back for the powerhouse ending.
I'm told that the American rights for this film have already been secured. Do yourself a favor and go see the original French one while you still can.