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Writer Frans and his favorite character J.Kessels go to the Hamburg Reeperbahn to return a philandering crook to his wife and to finally fulfill Frans' pre-masturbatory sexual dreams.

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Erik de Bruyn

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Jan Eilander, P.F. Thomése (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fedja van Huêt ... Frans
Frank Lammers ... Kessels
Ruben van der Meer ... Boontje
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annick Christiaens ... Brigit
Erik de Bruyn ... Uitgever
Oona de Clercq Oona de Clercq ... Brommermeisje
Bart de Graauw Bart de Graauw ... Klant in Snackbar
Bert Huysentruyt Bert Huysentruyt ... Pa de Braaij
Marc Lauwrys Marc Lauwrys ... Bertje
Livia Matthes ... Sabine
Romi van Renterghem Romi van Renterghem ... Jonge Brigit / Silleke
Vasco Wermer Vasco Wermer ... Kleine Fransje
Ben Zuydwijk ... Boxer
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J.KESSELS is both a hilarious road movie and a bittersweet trip down memory lane, a crazy ride in a flame-adorned Plymouth Gold Duster from provincial Holland to Hamburg's Reeperbahn and back. And a hallucinatory trip through the mind of an author, who no longer knows if his novel is a product of his own imagination, or if he is actually living it. The lead character is Kessels, a chain smoking tough guy with a heart of gold. Kessels and Frans are ageing youngsters who like nothing better than to consume nicotine, beer and country & western music. However, in Frans' novels Kessels and he are fearless crime fighters: heroes even, but the world around them is unaware of it. Heroes who create a flurry of misunderstanding at every step. Frans accepts the assignment for Kessels and him to kidnap a philandering criminal in Hamburg and return him to his wife, because the caller is the younger brother of BB, or Brigitte, once the focus of little Frans' prepubescent sexual dreams and awakening...

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

1 October 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

€21,210 (Netherlands), 4 October 2015, Limited Release
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CTM LEV Pictures,Czar See more »
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In February 2017, 'J. Kessels' was a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at Narrative Features category in Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, in India. See more »

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Great, absurd cinema
12 December 2015 | by tataubabySee all my reviews

Not often does a film these days what cinema supposed to do: Innovate the language of film or film narration. J. Kessels is a great, weird road movie, well acted, with remarkable memorable visuals and a touch of surrealism. It reminded me of the Big Lebowski, but also Der Amerikanischer Freund. It had a very dry comical touch and a funny reminiscing of the main character about a phantom of his childhood, a pinball playing girl with the looks of a young Brigitte Bardot. There are daydreams and twists, great lines about the meat industry, but especially great, old and cult country and western songs throughout the trip of this weird writer Thomese and his old pal' and favourite character J. Kessels, who is called Jesus here and there.


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