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With Friends Like These (2007)

Dagen zonder lief (original title)
The lives of a group of friends get disturbed when one of them comes back after having been away for some years.

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Arne Sierens (scenario), Felix van Groeningen (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Koen De Graeve ... Niek
Wine Dierickx Wine Dierickx ... Zwarte Kelly
Pieter Genard Pieter Genard ... Kurt
An Miller An Miller ... Blonde Kelly
Jeroen Perceval ... Frederic
Tania Van der Sanden Tania Van der Sanden ... Moeder Zwarte Kelly
Charlotte Vandermeersch ... Ingrid
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The lives of a group of friends get disturbed when one of them (Zwarte Kelly) comes back after having lived in New York for some years. Her arrival leads to problems for Frederic when his girlfriend, who's away on a volleyball tournament, thinks he's having an affair with her. While Nick turns out the only one of the group who hasn't really changed with advancing years, some unfinished business between Zwarte Kelly and Kurt make already troubled Kurt decide he has had it and he takes off. Frederic and Nick are going after him. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Belgium

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Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

21 March 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Dni bez milosci See more »

Filming Locations:

Auvergne, France See more »

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$67,934 (Belgium), 25 March 2007, Limited Release
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Great portrait of young adulthood and the changes that go with it.
11 December 2012 | by xmas0See all my reviews

Zwarte (Black) Kelly, now a blonde but for the rest still her old self, returns (temporarily?) to her roots after a New York adventure. Through her we're introduced to a group of people in their late-twenties, who previously formed a close circle of friends. Kurt (a former boyfriend to Black Kelly) and she have a son and a dog. Kurt's best friend Frédéric bows to the whims of his rich girlfriend. Nick is the party animal who hasn't changed one bit, and Patrick is just a reminder of times gone by. The return of Black Kelly works as a catalyst in the group: they reminisce, blow new life into their dreams, confront each other and expose feelings which have been concealed for years. In short, the searching characters are heading straight into conflict: with their past, each other, themselves and their ambitions.

The ambiguity which Kelly's return invokes is acted out strongly by the cast. Led by a fascinating Wine Dierickx (theatre group Wunderbaum and Maybe Sweden) the ensemble cast draws a template for a confused generation. Living in a dull provincial town, their existence seems to have shaped up nicely, but the arrival of Kelly sheds light upon the cracks in their enamel. Provincial town Sint-Niklaas serves as a background, and the emptiness of its ambitious city squares contrasts beautifully with the 'small' nature of the residents. The many aerial shots and images of roundabouts give the film a poetic layer and illustrate the quest that the characters are undergoing. Using strong dialogue, situations which are often very funny and a lively soundtrack (which combines piano with trance music) Felix van Groeningen outlines a strong portrait of young adulthood and the choices that go with it. Inevitably friends grow apart, a painful experience for the group circling Black Kelly, but due to the familiarity of the theme also for the viewer.


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