On a hot day in a highway gas station men’s room, a man Michel doesn’t recognize says they went to school together. He’s Harry. He suggests they have a drink, so he and his girlfriend follow Michel and his family to their summer place. Michel is amazed when Harry quotes from memory a poem Michel wrote in school. Harry thinks Michel is a great writer, and he’s distressed that Michel hasn’t written in years. Harry stays awhile (since his father’s death, he’s a man of leisure) and sets out to eliminate distractions that might keep Michel from writing. First he buys Michel a car (with air conditioning) and then suspicious things happen. Michel picks up a pen, Harry is gratified, but he’s not finished being Michel’s self-appointed patron. –IMDb
Dominik Moll (born 7 May 1962) is a German born French film director and screenwriter. He wrote and directed Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien and Lemming. He was born in Bühl, West Germany. For his achievements on the film Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien, he won the 2001 César Award for Best Director. Both Lemming and Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien were nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. —Wikipedia
a beautiful, slow-moving French thriller with psychological study. it reminded me a bit of Spoorlos (the setting/building up/eggs etc.). I also really enjoyed the slightly, at times, Hitchcockian music. unfortunately I had to watch this dubbed over the French. its a very interesting psychological thriller but you have to be patient.
Interesting French thriller eschews taut plotting and more conventional suspense conventions for engrossing psychological character development. It does stretch credibility in places, but all in all a fine, well-crafted Hitchcockian thriller.