I'm Dead But I Have Friends
On the eve of their departure for their first tour in California, three rocker friends find themselves confronted with the absurd death of Jipé, the leader of their group, who falls into a ditch while singing and dies. Because friendship is stronger than anything, they decide to pay him a last tribute by carrying out their long-awaited tour and scattering his ashes during the tour in California. Their trip will take a confusing direction at the very least at the appearance of the lover of their missing best friend… a moustached air force pilot!
What the critics say….
“A Belgian road movie where the road to California turns into a journey into the Indian territories of Canada’s Far North. The duo of Bouli Lanners and Wim Willaert lead this most unlikely journey with enthusiasm. We follow them in their delusions, often drunk and wearing a smile. The film is funny and very rock n’ roll….hits the mark with a well-written script and a rhythm that never runs out of steam. In short, for us, the comedy of the year”. - Cinecure
“A delightfully unpredictable comic road movie that the phrase “delightfully unpredictable comic road movie” only begins to describe. I’m Dead But I Have Friends parlays unexpected twists and deadpan humour into a sweetly irreverent ode to friendship. The ageing members of a punkish Belgian rock band lose their lead singer but decide to maintain their concert dates in Los Angeles with vague plans to place the dead friend’s urn in front of the microphone. Nothing — absolutely nothing — goes according to plan” - Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
“A scrappy, bittersweet French-language indie about friendship, this film boasts charms derived mainly from the big-hearted performances of its leading trio: Flemish actor Wim Willaert (When the Sea Rises), French-Algerian actor Lyes Salem (L’Oranais, which he also directed) and the most recognizable of the bunch, Belgian heavyweight, Bouli Lanners, (Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, Nothing to Declare), the European king of surly comedy” - Boyd Van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter