The films of Jesper Just explore the depths of human inner thought struggles; those seemingly bland surreal scenes one was sure to have seen in a Hollywood movie somewhere, slowly detracts from the ‘normal’ story arc to bring personal or inter-personal issues to the fore through certain seemingly absurd moments, leaving the viewer with more questions than answers in the end.
Just also tends to incorporate elements of pop classics, usually in form of a song from the 80’s or 90’s, in his films as a contrast and to carry a point across; a ploy to juxtapose and heighten the ambiguity.
In No Man Is An Island 2 (2004), a young man is in a bar with several men and no women but the paintings on the wall are all nudes. The place is quiet. Suddenly he starts singing “Crying” by Roy Orbison, which is totally awkward at first, but slowly one by one the other people stand up and join in. Young man starts crying in the middle of the song. A lesson on perseverance even when its seems odd to do so?