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Jalla! Jalla! (2000)

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Roro, a foreign worker in Swedish parks, loves his girlfriend but is about to marry another girl to prevent her from being sent back to Lebanon. Roros best friend, Måns, has his own ... See full summary »

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Roro
Torkel Petersson ...
Måns
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Lisa
Laleh Pourkarim ...
Yasmin
Leonard Terfelt ...
Paul
Jan Fares ...
Farsan
Sofi Ahlström Helleday ...
Jenny
Benyam Eriksson ...
Benson
Khatoun Fares ...
Farmor
Abdulahad Fares ...
Abdul
Ingemar Carlehed ...
Pappa Ulf
Harry Goldstein ...
Sexbutiksägare
Tommy Andersson ...
Peter
Christer Fjällström ...
Polis
Jacob Tamm ...
Simon Pramsten
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Roro, a foreign worker in Swedish parks, loves his girlfriend but is about to marry another girl to prevent her from being sent back to Lebanon. Roros best friend, Måns, has his own problems: He has serious problems getting an erection... Written by Benjamin Stello

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Memfis Film presenterar en skön rulle av Josef Fares

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The film that Måns and Jenny are watching on TV is actually a film by Josef Fares called Coola Killar (Cool Guys) and the two guys talking to each other is Fares Fares and Torkel Pettersson. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene where the Electric Golf Car is running slowly on the street there are two cars behind it, blowing their horns. The next time we see the golf car in the same street some days later, the same cars are seen behind it. See more »

Quotes

Polis: [Måns is arrested by the police after throwing out furniture] Well, how did this happen?
Måns: Ehm, what?
Polis: Well, there's furniture on the street, under your balcony...
Måns: I accidentally dropped them...
Polis: Really? How?
Måns: I don't know... I was going to... refurbish... a little and then i tripped... it was some little... edge that...
Polis: On the balcony?
Måns: Yes, exactly...
Polis: With a whole drawer, a TV and an aquarium?
Måns: Mm...
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Tannhäuser/Derivè
Performed by Refused
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The agony of choice
25 July 2001 | by (Groningen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I haven't left the cinema on such a high note in a long time; Jalla! Jalla! is a very funny comedy about a man torn between modern European and traditional Lebanese life, who tries to keep both his personae satisfied by continually compromising between the two. It is also a story of the friendship between this Lebanese second-generation immigrant and his colleague Måns. The story takes some time to unfold, but the film's perfectly timed pace makes it a joy to watch even as long as nothing appears to happen, and it only gets better once the action kicks in.

Jalla! Jalla! is about change: grandma is still firmly rooted in the old ways, dad keeps up appearances but turns out more flexible than you thought and Roro is, for all intents and purposes, just as much a modern Swede as a Lebanese. Although he is sincere and outspoken, he's just not able to totally say goodbye to his heritage and his roots. Finally, it was very gratifying to see a film about immigrants without some profound and ostentatious message, but more occupied with the sometimes impossible daily choices between morality and practicality one is forced to make despite the lack of understanding in one's surroundings (and truth be told, neither Måns nor Lisa display much understanding for Roro's predicament). A good 'small' movie, I hope to see more of this director and these actors.


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