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Jose Besprovany
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Jack has a tenor saxophone and he plays jazz. In the 1950s, in the Belgian harbor town Antwerp, there is not a lot off future for a jazz musician. Jack and his band try to earn a living by playing at weddings and the odd tea party, usually resulting in mixed emotions and hilarious scenes. Most of the time, he earns a living by unloading bananas in the Antwerp docks. Jack is convinced that New York is the place to be for a jazz musician, but where will he get the money for the big trip? And what is more important: a woman or a saxophone? Written by Grrriffin

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The proof that real quality does not surface by its own brilliance.
8 February 2001 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully endearing film that failed tragically for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the film: bad marketing. The film ran in a few Belgian theaters for a few weeks and then disappeared quietly. Nevertheless, Just Friends has everything going for it. The sound track is made by jazz legend Archie Shepp and is one of the gems in my jazz collection. Some of the supporting actors belong to the finest musicians in the Belgian scene, like Geert Kliphuis, who once wrote music for Belgian favorite Vaya Con Dios. Josse de Pauw as main character Jack once again proves that he is indeed one of the best Belgian actors. The story is strong, with wonderful and almost magic side tracks. (20 double bases jamming on an empty town square, in the pale light of early Sunday morning!) The film won first prizes at the Flanders Film festival in 1994 and then, just as big things were supposed to happen, somebody forgot to print some flyers or something like that. Just Friends shows that real quality does not surface by its own brilliance and that breaks my heart. Cruel world.


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