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Majd Mardo and Josha Stradowski in Gewoon Vrienden (2018)

JUST FRIENDS (2018), original title Gewoon Vrienden, is a Netherlands TV film which is playing as part of the Queer Screen Film Fest and what a delight it is.  A romantic comedy, it is a film of perfect balance, the beginning hilarious, the middle romantic and the finale deliciously moving.   Featuring two terrific actors in the lead roles and a quirky collection of family behind them, it is a story of opposites and their attraction.

Josha Stradowski is Joris. Rich and unmotivated, he balances his time between riding his not quite a classic, older motorcycle to solitary places to play with his high-tech drone or doing a partnerless work-out at the gym.  Majd Mardo is Yad, a young man of initially indiscriminate heritage, obviously not from  Dutch stock, who has been a bit too heavy into the party scene in Amsterdam has returned to the family home in Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands. His balance in life revolves around his love of windsurfing. Continue reading JUST FRIENDS: ITS ALL ABOUT BALANCE