With a Friend Like Harry...

Laurent Lucas, Sergi López, Mathilde Seigner

Directed by Dominik Moll
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
April 20, 2001

It begins in the blazing heat - Hitchcock always loved the gleam of evil in broad daylight (see North by Northwest), and Dominik Moll, who directed and co-wrote this nifty nail-biter, knows how to tighten the suspense screws. Michel (Laurent Lucas) and his wife, Claire (Mathilde Seigner), are sweltering in a car with no air conditioning and three young, yelling kids. Enter Harry (Sergi López), an ex-schoolmate Michel runs into at a rest stop. Harry, traveling with Plum (Sophie Guillemin), a butterball bombshell, offers food, a cool car and a sympathetic ear. For his help, Harry wins an invite to Michel's country house. Hey, Michel, big mistake.

That's the setup for one of the most deliciously witty and wicked thrillers in ages - the real deal in palm-sweating psychological terror. Harry can't do enough for Michel - he praises his looks, his brains, his doggerel poetry, buys him an SUV, tenders advice on sexual stamina (eat raw eggs) and offers to eliminate irritants in Michel's life, be they wife, kids or parents. Talk about twisted wish-fulfillment fantasies. Harry is a smiling psychopath to rank with Robert Walker in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, and López - in a career-making performance - plays him with killer-diller charm. Cheers, too, for Guillemin, who is hilarious and heartbreaking as the ripely sexy Plum. I won't spoil the fun with body counts and plot turns (but do listen for that ringing cell phone in a car trunk). You're in for a treat.

Movie Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Bird on a Wire”

    Leonard Cohen | 1969

    While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

    More Song Stories entries »