My Best Friend

Synopsis: François is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. Having accepted the wager, François naively tears through his address book, trying to shoehorn an increasingly unlikely series of contacts into the all-important role. Moving through Paris, he keeps encountering a trivia-spouting, big-hearted cabbie named Bruno. Bruno's chatty, lowbrow ways grate against François's designer temperament, but he covets the other man's easy way with people. He convinces Bruno to teach him how to make friends and sets about learning the "thr
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Patrice Leconte
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
65
Rotten Tomatoes:
75%
PG-13
Year:
2006
94 min
$1,062,504
Website
14 Views

MY BEST FRIEND:

Yes.

Of course.

Yes.

Yes. Of course.

No. Trust me.

Now's the time to sell.

All the collectors

will be at the antique fair.

It's only a first estimate.

Sorry. I'll have to call you back.

My client just got here.

Please be seated.

Today the Lord welcomes you home

Patrick

but you aren't alone.

Your family and friends -

all your friends - are with you.

The loyalty.

The kindness that you always showed

to all your friends

they're here today

to commemorate it.

For those who wish.

There is a memorial book to sign.

Thank you. Madame.

Thank you. Madame.

Thank you for coming.

Patrick liked you.

And I liked him.

He was an outstanding collector.

Which reminds me. He mentioned

a bureau that might interest me.

- The Majorelle?

- That's it. Could I see it?

Come to the house whenever you like.

- Life goes on. Right?

- Life goes on.

I'll come by tomorrow. Be strong.

Hi. How are you?

Hi. George.

- Hello.

- The sale's started!

Sorry. They went the whole hog.

- Sorry. How was it?

- Funereal. Let me see the catalogue.

Which number?

How high would you go?

- 15?

- 20.

- It's only a lamp.

- We'll sell it for twice that.

Sold to the lady at the back

for 17.000 euros.

Now. A small change of program.

Lot 211 has been withdrawn.

So we'll pass straight to Lot 212.

Which 16th-century

French agronomist...

Hi. Roger!

...introduced silk manufacture?

He launched the silk industry

that flourished throughout France.

Olivier de Serres! I know it.

Button it. Bookworm.

- Olivier de Serres!

- There's no mayo on my egg.

It's a hard-bald egg!

- You know why it's called "mayonnaise"?

- He's at it again!

It was named after Port Mahon.

Captured by France in 1755.

Mahon. Mahonnaise...

Bruno! You're a bore!

I'm not. It's interesting.

Eat it while it's hot.

This Greek terracotta vase

from the 5th century B.C.

Is a moving relic of a friendship.

The inscription says.

"He who commissioned it.

Grieving for his dearest friend.

"Filled this vase with tears

"and placed it in his tomb."

Starting price. 50.000 euros.

On the phone?

- 70.000.

- 80.000.

- 80.000.

- 90.000.

Anything on the phone?

I'm bid 90.000.

Any more bids?

No more bids?

- 170!

- Stop it!

- You bid. Madame?

- No. Sorry.

The gentleman's bid

stands at 170.000.

You're out. Sir?

Yes. Sir? 190.000!

No? 200.000. Any more bids?

Sold for 200.000.

Congratulations. A fine purchase.

Moving on to the next lot...

Including commission.

tienne Delamotte.

- The TV producer.

- Here. I'm an antiques collector.

Franois Coste. Dealer.

- So why do you want my vase?

- Yours?

- It belongs in my collection.

- You should have bid up.

You think you can buy everything?

- It's the law of the market.

- The market!

- Have a heart!

- How much?

- What?

- For a heart. How much?

Did you bring packaging

for the vase?

- No. Why?

- It's very fragile.

Then deliver it to my place.

OK.

- Your place?

- Where would it go in the gallery?

Tell me you bought it

for a collector.

- I bought it for me.

- With the gallery's money?

I had to have it. A sudden urge.

We're partners 50-50. remember.

Relax. We'll work something out.

- You want to ruin us?

- It's not that bad.

- And if the bank gets tough?

- We'll manage. Don't we always?

See you this evening.

- Good evening.

- What?

Good evening.

Good evening. I'm in a hurry.

Solferino. A battle on June 24. 1859.

France defeated Austria.

The Red Cross began as a result.

How about that?

There. On Avenue Frochot.

Auguste Renoir had his studio.

There. At No.15.

Was the Caf du Croissant.

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