The original is a tale about friendship, its implications and its costs and stars Daniel Auteuil from "Cache" (and many, many other French films) as a brusque, jackass, going-broke antiques dealer (don't whine about spoilers, this is a remake of a film that already exists). The selfish and self-centered man's life is changed when his business partner (Julie Gayet), sick of his egocentricity, at his birthday party bets him that he has no true "best friend" as evinced by the paucity of people in attendance and the lack of anyone who isn't anything more than just an outside business associate.
The man is suddenly awaken to his life when he is shocked to realize that not only does he have no best friend, many of the people who he thinks are buddies, actually despise him. So with a bet deadline looming — 10 days to prove he has a best friend or hand over a treasured antique prize he is angling for — he desperately tries to find someone to be his best friend and enlists an amiable cab driver (French comedian Danny Boon most recently featured in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Micmacs") to help him out.
Clearly having been antisocial and narcissistic for all his life, Auteuil's character asks Bruno to "teach him" the secrets of friendship: smiling, sociability, sincerity and the natural elements of bonding that have eluded him since childhood. Eventually, Auteuil realizes that Boon is the one person who really displays unconditional friendship and the film essentially gives a funny, tender and warmhearted view of the values of friendship.http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2009/11 ... alled.html