Just Friends (2018 film)

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Just Friends
Promotional poster
DutchGewoon Vrienden
Written byHenk Burger
Directed byEllen Smit
Composer(s)Rob Peters
Country of originNetherlands
Original language(s)Dutch
  • Marijn Wigman
  • Denis Wigman
  • Roen Kiewik
CinematographyTjitte Jan Nieuwkoop
Editor(s)Godelinde Pollmann
Running time80 minutes
Production company(s)CTM Films
Original networkBNNVARA
Original release
  • 7 March 2018 (2018-03-07)

Just Friends (Dutch: Gewoon Vrienden) is a 2018 Dutch romantic comedy television film directed by Ellen Smit, starring Majd Mardo and Josha Stradowski.[1] The film was shown on opening night of the Perth International Queer Film Festival and won the Audience Award after showing at the MIX Milano International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.[2] It premiered on BNNVARA on 7 March 2018.[3]


Joris is a Dutch young man trying to come to terms with his father's death almost 10 years back. His powerful conservative mother is no help ignoring his feelings. Meanwhile, Yad, a young Syrian refugee who has settled in the Netherlands, is employed to do chores for Joris' grandmother Ans. Yad has returned from Amsterdam to live with his family and has issues himself with their traditional upbringing. Although very different, there is an instant spark between the two through music and sports, mainly surfing and as their feelings towards each other grows, they feel they are more than "just friends". Their mothers, on the other hand, threaten to jeopardize this relationship between the two young men. Due to family pressure, they have a falling-out, but things turn better after Joris is reconciled with his father's death.[4]


  • Majd Mardo as Yad
  • Josha Stradowski as Joris
  • Jenny Arean as Ans
  • Tanja Jess as Simone
  • Melody Klaver as Moon
  • Mohamad Alahmad as Elias
  • Nazmiye Oral as Maryam
  • Elène Zuidmeer as Fientje
  • Roscoe Leijen as Gerlof
  • Sjoerd Dragtsma as Mitch
  • Younes Badrane as Trainer
  • Stan Gobel as Young Joris
  • Renske Hettinga as Young Moon
  • Anne Prakke as Bart
  • Sonia Eijken as Lely
  • Malcolm Hugo Glenn as Erwin
  • Tessa du Mee as Crematory clerk
  • Justin Mooijer as Yad's friend


  1. ^ Cinemagay.it: Just friends (in Italian)
  2. ^ Festival MIX Milano: Just Friends Archived 2019-02-02 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian)
  3. ^ de Zwaan, Dineke (28 February 2018). "Recensie NPO Telefilms". Spreekbuis.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. ^ Frameline: Just Friends - Gewoon Vrienden

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