Thursday, August 30, 2007

My Best Friend

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

My Best Friend
Studio: IFC Films
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Daniel Auteuil
Director: Patrice Leconte
WorkNameSort: My Best Friend
Our Rating: 3.00
My Best Friend starts by meandering through the tedium of things like paying cab fare (and waiting for change), the dragged-out motion of auction bidding and even the simple act of walking up stairs as a way of portraying a day in the life of an antiques dealer. In its detail, this exposition manages to be a far cry from the thrills and chills of Antiques Roadshow. Eventually, however, the film gets to the point, and when it does, the plot opens to a thought-provoking premise: It's a character study of that awkward person who hits middle age before learning how to make friends or even, for that matter, what a true friend is. Think Hitch, but not funny, French, a little more nerdy and about friendship instead of dating. Despite a few plot clichés and overly long segments, My Best Friend presents a touching performance from Daniel Auteuil as François, a textbook sad sack who instantly elicits sympathy. Through its interesting characterization of the socially inept, the film will make you wonder: Which of your friends will come to your funeral?


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