JUST FRIENDS

Running Time: 80 min

Ellen Smit
Directors

Netherlands
Country

Dutch with English subtitles
Language

nutsbolts.nl
Film Website


Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature
Mix Milano Festival

Official Selection
Frameline - San Francisco Int’l LGBTQ Film Festival

Official Selection
Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival


Medical student Yad is moving home to his family in a small Dutch city after quitting his party lifestyle back in Amsterdam. Instead of moving forward in his career, he takes a job in domestic care watching after the boisterous elderly Ans. Playing Cupid, Ans introduces Yad to her grandson, Joris, a charming young man who is still dealing with the death of his father and his overbearing mother.

The attraction is instant and the boys find comfort in each other until their families’ drag them back to reality. Ultimately, they will have to decide if their summer fling is worth carrying on or if it is enough for them to stick with each other. Refreshingly, the family conflict in this romantic comedy is not that Joris and Yad are gay, but that they are defying family expectations in other ways and must make a new set of choices about how to be themselves. It’s a truly modern tale of queer love.
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