With a Friend like Harry...


With a Friend like Harry...

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A darkly funny thriller that's reminiscent of Hitchcock.



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A spiraling descent into fear which begins on a quietly ominous note as family man Michel sets out for his summer home in the countryside with his wife Claire and their three screaming infant daughters. A blistering heat wave and the increasingly cranky children force the family to make a pit stop. In the rest area, Michel bumps into Harry, an old school classmate he doesn't remember, but who seems to remember Michel fondly. Harry, so impressed with Michel when they were younger, even recites from memory a poem Michel wrote as a teenager. Soon, Harry and his voluptuous fiancee, Plum, are joining Michel's family on their vacation. Harry seems to be just what the family needs--his carefree spirit and charm light up Michel's mundane little holiday, allowing him to let go. Yet the friendlier Harry gets and the more generosity and advice he bestows on Michel, the mysteriously menacing his effects becomes.


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  • Jan 17, 2013
    Hitchcock inspired suspense is fabulous because we know the French can produce great suspence without the Hitchcock inspiration. When the two come together we get With a Friend Like Harry or whatever else they want to call the English version of his film. Nonetheless it is dynamite. Who is this Harry and what is he really about? Will they find out before the dastardly plan comes to pass?
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2013
    With A Friend Like Harry is a suspenseful thriller filled with dark humor and driven by a wonderful performance from Sergi Lopez as Harry, a dangerously obsessive man who claims to be a high school acquaintance of the protagonist. Whether or not he's telling the truth about this is open to interpretation, but he is nonetheless a very fun and interesting character. His backstory is left completely ambiguous, allowing the viewer to interpret who he is, but he comes off as almost humorously psychotic at times. There isn't any huge revelation at the end. Rather, the ending is unusually quiet, although like the rest of the movie it's very suspenseful and tinged with a subtle sense of humor. With a Friend Like Harry is a refreshingly original and enjoyable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the end, and one that packs a spectacular performance from Sergi Lopez.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2010
    <div style="width:230px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/with-a-friend-like-harry-13804631"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/80/46/13804631_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:230px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/13804635"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/80/46/13804635_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:230px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/with-a-friend-like-harry-13804642"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/80/46/13804642_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:230px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/with-a-friend-like-harry-13804647"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/80/46/13804647_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:230px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/with-a-friend-like-harry-13804641"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/80/46/13804641_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a><I>With A Friend Like Harry</I></div></div> <I>WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY</I> (2000) French Original Title: Harry Is Here To Help WRITTEN BY: Dominik Moll and Gilles Marchand DIRECTED BY: Dominik Moll FEATURING: Laurent Lucas, Sergi López, Mathilde Seigner, Sophie Guillemin, Liliane Rovère, Dominique Rozan, and Michel Fau GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER PLOT: Struggling to manage the complexities of life, an accommodating family man hosts sinister house guests whose meddling threatens to smash his domestic infrastructure asunder in this dark, cerebral suspense mystery COMMENTS: Good-natured and malleable Michel (Lucas) struggles to juggle a demanding wife, meddling parents, a money pit home renovation, beat -to-hell station wagon, and three screaming toddlers. Ever the dutiful husband and father, he puts his own needs and dreams last. Because he's a pushover, Michel does what he is told and strives to please everyone, with the frustrating result being that he ends up pleasing nobody, least of all himself. The latest fly in the ointment rears its menacing head when Michel has a chance in encounter with a now forgotten, but enigmatic former classmate named Harry (López). Ever the gracious host, Michel acquiesces to Harry's on the spot request that he and his girlfriend accompany the Miche's to their remote vacation home for two weeks in August. A charming gentleman of independent means, Harry seems to very keen on Michel and his family - a little too keen, Disturbingly, Michel and company don't seem to notice as Harry picks up handy insight into Michel's character and situation and uses the information to begin subtly altering the family's circumstances. Mysterious Harry aptly manipulates the situation to his liking. Yet he perpetually dispels our evolving suspicions about his motives, leaving us always puzzled and wondering, just what the devil does Harry <I>want</I>? Viewers who are familiar with, and liked what films such as <I>Seconds, A Shock To The System, American Beauty</I> and <I>Order Of Chaos</I> had to say about breaking with conformity, and fighting back will flip for this unusual suspense mystery. I was sure I had seen this story before in movies in which a naive couple take on charming guests who then turn on them and torment them. I was expecting <I>Dead Calm</I> or <I>Consenting Adults</I>. <I>With A Friend Like Harry</I> departs from the norm going in an entirely different direction. I had to keep guessing and reevaluating what I thought was going to happen and why, for the entirety of the film. I love movies that make me think and spur my imagination and <I>With A Friend Like Harry</I> is just what I had been waiting for. My only criticism is that the ending is a bit abrupt and simplistic given the surprising events leading to it. I was expecting a few more twists. Even so I found the film to be leagues ahead of most conventional thrillers. What most impressed me was that credible character impetus was succinct and strategic. This coherently zips the story right along with zero plot holes, a refreshing surprise for a thriller. 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  • Apr 22, 2010
    Fascinating study of a man whose obsession with a former schoolmate is disguised as an overabundant willingness to "help". We are never quite sure what fuels this dark psychosis, but we know things aren't right almost from the beginning. The tension quietly builds to a violent climax and leaves the intended victim victorious. The action takes place mainly at the young couple's country chateau. The scenery is pretty, but somewhat nondescript. The script is subtle and drops clues but never fully reveals its destination until the very end. There is a sexual tension that hangs heavily over the story, but it is never blatant or explicitly brought out into the open. Just a general unease in Marcel (Laurent Lucas) and Claire (Mathilde Segnier) triggered by the presence of Harry (Sergi Lopez) and his earthy girlfriend, Prune (translated as Plum, and played by Sophie Guillemin). Well done effort by director Dominik Moll and one that kept this viewer intrigued for nearly two hours.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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