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Je suis mort mais j'ai des amis

An aging rock band goes on a road trip to the USA. When their lead singer dies before they go, the band decides to take his ashes with them and tour anyway.


Road movies are the kind of films in which everyone sits in a car, ideally a convertible from decades’ past, and ride along the horizon on highways and nice country roads. Plot points are not the focus since it’s mostly about searching for oneself. In this Belgian film a group of aging rockers would dream of using such a typical vehicle. They find themselves on motorbikes, then a plane to L.A. – which almost crashes and has an emergency landing in a Canadian province – and a train which takes them up north and not Montreal. A place that has brown bears, aeroboats, and encounters with old and new friends.
Watching what happens when filmmaker brothers Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin send their protagonists off with the ashes of their friend – and lead singer – is fascinating till the end. That might have to do with the realistic characters and the actors, especially Bouli Lanners, Wim Willaert, Lyes Salem, which are forgiven for everything, even the excessive vomiting and constant sulking. It might also be because of the coincidences and accidents on this trip, with members staying behind at different points till there are only three left trying to reach their destination: burying the shopping bag filled with ashes with dignity. They won’t succeed. JE SUIS MORT MAIS J’AI DES AMIS, on the other hand, does succeed as a moving homage to the rock ‘n roll myth which never dies.

Jutta Vahrson

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Je suis mort mais j'ai des amis
Belgien/Frankreich 2015, 96 min
Genre: Comedy
Director: Guillaume Malandrin, Stéphane Malandrin
Author: Guillaume Malandrin, Stéphane Malandrin
DOP: Hugues Poulain
Montage: Yannick Leroy
Music: Dino Carapelle
Distributor: Camino Filmverleih
Cast: Bouli Lanners, Wim Willaert, Lyes Salem
FSK: 6
Release: 28.04.2016




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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