My Best Friend - Subtitled 2006

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Catherine (Gayet), refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François (Auteuil), has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, Francois enlists the services of a charming taxi driver (Boon) to play the part.

Starring:
Marie Pillet, Henri Garcin
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Marie Pillet, Henri Garcin, Jacques Mathou, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Marnay, Elisabeth Bourgine, Julie Durand, Daniel Auteuil, Jacques Spiesser, Julie Gayet, Dany Boon
Director Patrice Leconte
Genres Comedy
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 17 September 2007
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Aidan McMichael on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
How can you go wrong with Daniel Auteuil - he is just beautifully reserved in this cheeky but lovable french movie about life and love - do you have friends? You'll be answering this question from the funeral scene at the start right until the end. Directed wonderfully by Patric Leconte...enjoy the beautiful off beat sights of Paris! The orginal fim score/music is by Xavier Demerliac and it's very catchy and original...you may want to try and get this as a CD at some stage! Look out for Danny Boon a little known but wonderful french artor!

You will on the edge of your seat with the main question of the film - will he find his best friend? Watch out for the nail biting and terribly touching 'quiz' scene. Its every man and every woman's film!!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2007
Format: DVD
This is a very pleasant film, though no masterpiece. Daniel Auteuil's successful antiques dealer, obsessed with things, not people and oblivious to the lives, interests and needs of all around him, including his daughter, is challenged by his business partner to produce his best friend. The stakes are high - a 5th.-century B.C. Greek vase that he has bought for 200,000 Euros - and he has no friends, so this is a problem. His search is entertaining and sometimes very funny. He is aided by a likeable trivial-knowledge anorak very engagingly played by Danny Boon. The film never reaches the heights, though there is one really unexpected coup de theatre involving the vase and a pleasantly lyrical close with Boon and Auteuil at dawn on a bridge, but it is well made, very enjoyable and certainly worth seeing.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Oh no, not another winsome human comedy about life-lessons and friendship. Buy a movie ticket or the DVD anyway. In the hands of director Patrice Leconte and actors Daniel Auteuil and Dany Boon, My Best Friend turns out to be not just a charming, sweet-natured fable, but a well-told and well-acted one. Francois Coste (Auteuil) co-owns a Paris gallery, has a great-looking apartment, seems estranged from his college-going daughter, knows many people in the business and has just impulsively bought at auction a very expensive Greek vase. One thing Coste lacks are any friends. Oh, he has plenty of business acquaintances, is reasonably cordial most of the time, but also, we notice, is somewhat distant to everyone he knows. He can talk antiques engagingly but he doesn't seem to really notice much about the people he talks to. When he gets in over his head financially with the purchase of the vase, his smart, good-looking partner is irritated. Francois has never even noticed that she likes women and has a partner of her own. She makes a bet with him. He has ten days to prove he has a best friend...or she gets the vase. Francois is smugly confident, until the people he adds to his list of friends begin telling him the truth. And then he meets a cabdriver, Bruno Bouley (Boon). Bruno likes people, listens to them, talks to them and has a great passion for odd facts. He wants to be on a television quiz program. People seem naturally to like Bruno. When Francois realizes he has no friends, real friends, the kind you can call up at 3 a.m. or who will do whatever it takes to come to your assistance if you need help, he decides to have Bruno teach him how to make friends. It doesn't work out quite the way Francois expects, or the way we expect, at least not till the very end of the movie.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justice Peace on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
The French are adept at making movies about ordinary people doing fairly unremarkable things. There is a 'joie de vivre' and 'je ne sais quoi' in the simple, stylish manner this genre is constructed and executed. Searching looks and meaningful pauses are far more revealing and meaningful than excessive emotion and unnecessary dialogue. Less is more.
The story is simple. A wager challenges an art dealer to make a friend. Sounds easy but our hero lacks empathy and is bereft of charisma and charm. His efforts to befriend strangers are very amusing. Will he succeed or fail in his quest to make a single good friend? Watch the film and find out! It's entertaining, heart warming and uplifting! JP :)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
My Best Friend isn't Patrice Leconte's best and it's probably not as funny as it could be, but it's so amiable that it really doesn't matter. It's a redemption comedy, with Daniel Auteuil's antique dealer so disinterested in the people around him that he doesn't even know that his business partner is a lesbian and is amazed to find that he has no friends, merely contacts. Challenged to present his mythical best friend by the end of the month or lose a valuable vase, he sets about an increasingly desperate search that takes in strangers in the street and even a former classmate to all-too predictable results before hiring Danny Boon's personable cabdriver to show him how to make friends, oblivious to the fact that Boon doesn't seem to have any friends either.

No prizes for guessing how it all works out, but it's nicely played, with Auteuil's grimly smiling desperation offset nicely by Boon's sheer sad sack likability. The Who Wants To Be a Millionaire climax is somewhat drawn out, but it's hard to dislike a film that uses one characters obsession with quiz show trivia to name check Georges Simenon, Jean Renoir and both versions of The Man Who Knew too Much.
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