HARRY, HE'S HERE TO HELP. A 2000 French thriller by Dominik Moll. When Michel bumps into old school acquaintance Harry en route to a summer holiday with his wife and 3 young daughters, he thinks nothing of it. But when Harry invites himself and girlfriend Plum to Michel's holiday farmhouse, replaces Michel's broken down car with a sparkling new jeep and does all he can to ingratiate himself into Michel's life, Michel finally begins to suspect that things are not quite as they should be. Before long, Michel realises that Harry is determined to solve all of his problems without letting anything or anyone get in the way (as his bothersome parents and brother find out) ... This is a nail-biting and darkly comic thriller, redolent of influences such as Hitchcock, Patricia Highsmith, Chabrol or the Coen Brothers and features an award-winning performance from Sergi Lopez in the title role.
English critic Alexander Walker got it right about HARRY, HE'S HERE TO HELP: "A thriller that would have made Hitchcock grind his teeth in envy".Michel (Laurent Lucas) hot and bothered on his trip, does not really remember Harry .... clearly there is something not healthy about Harry's interest but it takes a while for the real story to emerge, and there are some carefully observed and funny moments on the way. Is he even the embodiment of some of Michel's darker feelings about the everyday demands of family life and work preventing him from developing his talent as a writer. Perhaps Michel should have been more charismatic, instead of the dullard here, he's the kind of guy you would not notice. It is nicely worked out and keeps us watching, to a tense and scary conclusion - have we seen the last of Harry? one almost expects him to suddenly re-appear, more insane than ever. Great fun indeed.