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WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY is a silently terrifying psychological thriller that builds from a sedate family story into a suspenseful horror scenario with the use of smart, spine-tingling dialogue and simple acts of manipulation. There is almost no violence in the film, and the shock value is minimal. Instead, the film relies on the piercing reality of the story it tells, on the intuition of its viewers, and on good old scared-of-the-dark fear. <br> <br> In the frenzied heat of midsummer, a family--Michel (Laurent Lucas) and Claire (Mathilde Seigner) and their three small daughters--are taking their summer vacation. Michel teaches French and Japanese in Paris, while Claire is overworked with the responsibility of raising the three little girls. Much in need of a some relaxing time off, the family retreats to the secluded stone country house they bought a few years back. Though they have been working hard to restore the place, it has a few minor hazards that need fixing--such the deep, empty well hidden in ...
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CastSophie Guillemin, Sergi López, Laurent Lucas, Dominique Rozan, Liliane Rovere, Mathilde Seigner, Michel Fau
DirectorDominik Moll
Genre:  Action, Adventure
Release Date:  April 20, 2001
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  October 23, 2001
Runtime:  1hr 57min
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review by . March 29, 2011
Be cautious making friends and never let them meet your parents
With a Friend Like Harry starts with a car ride. Michel (Laurent Lucas) and his wife and three young daughters are driving from Paris to a rundown country cottage they bought and hope to fix up over time. It's hot. The three little girls fuss and cry and kick the backs of the seats. Michel tries to stay calm. His wife is upset as she attempts to settle the girls.       The movie ends with another car ride. Michel is driving the family back to Paris. He looks with great …
review by . October 01, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Harry is definitely someone to have on your side     Cons: Harry     The Bottom Line: Interesting study        aka With A Friend Like Harry      Michel & Claire are just barely making it – three young daughters, a car on the blink, struggling to convert the old family farm into living quarters. They are doing OK, but not tops. While on the yearly junket to the farmstead, after a trying automobile …
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