WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY
HARRY, HES HERE TO HELP
(Harry, Un Ami Qui Vous Veut du Bien)
Director Dominik Moll takes an approach of calm manneredness. With a Friend Like Harry is one of the few thrillers that one can think of that realistically situates itself amid a naturalistic rather than romanticised portrait of family life where a couple are being visibly torn apart by the pressures of children and an intrusive set of parents. Dominik Moll only infrequently lets the brooding psychopathic violence erupt and when it does amid the quietude and domestic naturalism, the resulting tension is often startling the attack on Michels parents, or just the suggestion that we are left with after Sergi Lopez suddenly stops in the middle of the road with Michels brother and then turns up sans passenger (a situation Moll immediately starts putting the screws on). All four principals give excellent performances, especially Sergi Lopez as Harry, whose friendly ease and controlled manner is unnerving in its perfect calm. Dominik Moll never darkens the film or goes underneath the psychosis the way the abovementioned thrillers did but the results nevertheless add up to a suspensefully well-tuned ride. There is also a fine Hitchcockian score.
Director Dominik Moll subsequently went on to make Lemming (2005), a strange surrealist film about identity exchange, The Monk (2011) based on a classic novel about a monks temptation by The Devil, and the surreal comedy News from Planet Mars (2016).
(Winner for Best Musical Score at this sites Best of 2000 Awards).
Trailer here (in French no English subs):-