The acclaimed soundtrack composed by Michel HERR for a Belgian movie (which received no less than 12 awards). The story, during the fifties, of Jack, a talented Belgian tenor sax player who dreams of a career in the US. Although the main character was inspired by the figure of the late Antwerp saxophonist Jack SELS, the story is pure fiction. "Just Friends" is a movie filled with jazz sounds, an emotional trip through the feelings of friendship and love as well as through the hard sides of the music scene and the difficulties of being an artist, an innovator in Belgium. It came out in 1993 and received no less than 12 prizes both in Belgium and abroad (In 1994, it was the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in the US).
MORE on this movie on the WEB SITE of the producer, Wajnbrosse Productions.
The cast : Josse DE PAUW, Charles BERLING, Ann-Gisel GLASS, Sylvie MILHAUD, etc...
If you pay attention, you may even spot Belgian jazz musicians who play a little part in the movie, such as Edmond HARNIE, Philippe AERTS, Jeanfrançois PRINS, Bart DEFOORT, Bo VAN DER WERF, Michel MASSOT, etc... as well as brief appearances of a big band which includes many top Belgian musicians (see above). There is also a very funny scene featuring 20 bassists playing together on the Antwerp Market Place...
The musical counterpart of actor Josse DE PAUW for the soundtrack is US tenor saxophonist Archie SHEPP, who greatly contributes to the emotional quality of the movie.
Michel HERR also called upon top European and Belgian jazz players to give this soundtrack an authentic jazz flavour, with musical compositions ranging from the solo to the big band.
For more infos about the movie, contact :
WAJNBROSSE PRODUCTIONS :
Phone : ++32 2/381-28-31
Fax : ++32 2/381-28-32
PS : In the fall 2004, the movie has enjoyed a second career in the movie theaters of China. A new poster and the reissue of the CD with a new cover, and a DVD will be items for collectors to search after...!