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My Best Friend [DVD] [2007] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Daniel Auteil sheds the dramatic character of Michael Hanneke's CACH to star in this light French comedy. Auteil plays Franois, an antiques dealer who finds it far easier to locate an Art Deco rarity than a true friend. He has plenty of professional contacts, but an utter lack of people skills leaves him alone after office hours. His business partner bets an expensive vase that he can't produce a friend within 10 days, and Franois struggles to pick out a best friend in an address book full of acquaintances and childhood chums. He keeps running into fellow loner Bruno (Dany Boon, THE VALET), who is friendly but can't trust anyone. Bruno teaches him to be "sympathique" (sociable) as Franois continues his search.

    Even though MY BEST FRIEND centers on a man's search for a friend, it resembles a standard romantic comedy in its structure. It may lack an innovative plot, but this French gem makes up for it in charm. Auteil plays Franois with such energy that it's hard not to have affection for the man. Director Patrice Leconte has blended darkness and light in his past films such as THE MAN ON THE TRAIN, and he succeeds again here. Though MY BEST FRIEND is largely an enjoyable affair, there is an undercurrent of sadness throughout much of the film that keeps it from being too sweet.
    • Rating - for some strong language.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80539

  • Credits
    Julie Gayet, Olivier Dazet, Daniel Auteuil, Jacques Mathou, Dany Boon
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t exhibits the touch of a masterly hand....Part of the film's appeal is the dismantling of the conception of who we think we are."
    Ultimate DVD

    "[A] sweet comic fable....Mr. Leconte situates his moral fantasy in a specific and well-observed world."
    New York Times

    "Delightfully, the expert Patrice Leconte produces an unlikely comedy charmer." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Like all Leconte's films, it's touching and gorgeous to look at...."
    Total Film

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