Chance encounters are key in Patrice Leconte's movies. In The Girl on the Bridge, the French director paired a beautiful stranger (about to jump into the Seine) with a melancholy knife-thrower - the result was magic. In The Man on the Train, a poet and a thief meet; their lives become entwined. In Intimate Strangers, a distraught woman mistakenly enters an accountant's office, thinking he's her new therapist, and reveals her deepest secrets.
My Best Friend, which stars The Girl on the Bridge's Daniel Auteuil, isn't top-of-the-line Leconte, but even middling Leconte has most of Hollywood beat. And once again, it's the (mis)matching of people of vastly different backgrounds that gets things going. Auteuil's Francois is a successful Parisian antiques dealer with a business partner, an ex-wife and a coterie of folks he considers his friends. So it comes as a shock to learn that nobody likes him: He's aloof, self-centered, and doesn't get what friendship is about.