I'm surely not the only one who remembers With a Friend Like Harry (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien), an oddly intriguing film French film that played in competition at Cannes in 2000, the film is helmed by Dominik Moll. Harry is one of those rare films that, with no apparent rhyme or reason, pops back into my head from time to time. With an IMDb keyword list that includes words like dentist, obsessive, reckless driving, car crash, murderer and ... poetry ... you know at least that it's likely to be interesting. And indeed it is.

What I love about this film is the way it delves into the darker side of the human psyche, especially around relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children. We're introduced to Michel, a writer (Laurent Lucas, who five years later starred in Moll's only other film since Harry, Lemming), and his lovely wife Claire (Mathilde Seigner), who have ventured into the French countryside for a little vacation with their three small daughters. Michel and Claire aren't wealthy, but they seem by all appearances to be as happy as a young couple raising three small kids on limited income might be.
categories Cinematical