Just Friends (2018)


Just Friends (2018)
Gewoon Vrienden (original title)

Gewoon Vrienden (Just Friends) is a romantic comedy. The tough Joris doesn't come loose from his mother who is addicted to plastic surgery. Medical student Yad has snorted too much of various drugs and returns to his strict mother. Yad works as a domestic help for the grandmother of Joris. There they meet and they fall in love immediately, but before they can surrender to their love, they first have to balance things with their mothers.
IMDb   7.1 /10
TheMovieDb    7.2 /10
FilmAffinity   5.9 /10
Director Annemarie van de Mond
Writer Henk Burger
Release Date2019-05-24
Runtime1h 20min
GenreComedy, Romance
Content Rating
AwardsAwards7 wins & 2 nominations
CompanyCTM Films
Simoneas Simone
Maryamas Maryam
Sonia Eijken
Sonia Eijken
Lelyas Lely
Mohamad Alahmad
Mohamad Alahmad
Eliasas Elias
Anne Prakke
Anne Prakke
Bartas Bart
Elène Zuidmeer
Elène Zuidmeer
Fientjeas Fientje
Roscoe Leijen
Roscoe Leijen
Gerlofas Gerlof
Frits Lambrechts
Frits Lambrechts
Organistas Organist
Myranda Jongeling
Myranda Jongeling
Veterinarianas Veterinarian
Tessa du Mee
Tessa du Mee
Crematory clerkas Crematory clerk
Sjoerd Dragtsma
Sjoerd Dragtsma
Mitchas Mitch
Belinda van der Stoep
Belinda van der Stoep
Employeeas Employee
Justin Mooijer
Justin Mooijer
Friend Yadas Friend Yad
Malcolm Hugo Glenn
Malcolm Hugo Glenn
Erwinas Erwin

Just Friends (2018 film)

Just Friends (Dutch: Gewoon Vrienden) is a 2018 Dutch romantic comedy television film directed by Ellen Smit, starring Majd Mardo and Josha Stradowski. 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. It premiered on BNNVARA on 7 March 2018.


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.


  • 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