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Notice that the similar movie as 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', with the
same topics dealing with (trouble of young eastern immigrants with their
elders and their newly made relationships) succeeded to become so much
popular and profitable.
Both movies are positive, funny and relaxing, but the reason that I prefer Jalla Jalla is that I had no impression that this movie was made to be "holywoodish", as I had watching "the wedding". This one is much more natural and relaxed, and does not present the immigrants as bunch of conservative, raw and uncivilized people.
After a lot much more praised Holywood crap, this is a movie I watched without having a sense of wasted time after.
East is East was good, Bend it Like Beckham was predictable, but Jalla Jalla was really good. As in most romantic comedies, the end result will be a happy ending for everyone except the bullies and this movie is no different. But it does allow a closer look into the mindset of the "victims" of arranged marriages. It´s a really good movie. I accept the arguments that there are faults with the movie, but this wasn´t mass-produced in Hollywood, so that´s understandable and a charming factor, really.
Well this is pretty rare thing as I'm reviewing on Swedish comedy oriented
drama, the genre I'm not so familiar with. I got the DVD for a birthday
present and I probably would not have bought/rented/watched the film
otherwise. The film is however pretty positive experience and recommended
highly for most of the people.
It tells the story of Swedish youths that are having little problems with relationships, relatives, impotence and other stuff. I won't tell too much about the plot but there are many things found in normal every day life, too, so I think many will be interested once they start to watch the film.
The director is young and talented Josef Fares and many of his relatives also act in this film. The actors are mostly young people, like 1978-1982, and couple of older, too, but they all are very talented and natural. It took 30 days to shoot the film, and technically the film is very great as there are many different techniques used by the director and the story is also very interesting, and genuinely funny, not some stupid slapstick comedy.
The themes of the film are mainly about love and the total misunderstanding of it. It shows that love cannot be "arranged" or planned, it is born once the two right people meet and there is no need for help from another parties. This is important issue and is more powerfully depicted in Jane Campion's masterpiece The Piano.
There are also other things that are topical all the time, and the impotence of one character is one of them, despite I don't know how usual impotence is in these age groups of 30s or so. Well, that subject matter is also depicted warmly and with positivism and the subject matter of love is once again the main key for the problem. And many hilarious scenes about the impotence are also included!
The dialogue and scenes are often hilarious and I found myself laughing very much throughout the film. This is positive cinema at its greatest, and therefore this can be recommended for everybody with interest in cinema. There are many great actors and actresses in the film and they really do their job fine, and this was feature debut for many of the actors. It is not visible, though!
I give this positive piece of life 8/10 and high recommendations!
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.
The Lebanese immigrant worker Roro (Fares Fares) and his Swedish
colleague and best friend Måns (Torkel Petersson) work in a park in
Sweden. Roro and his Swedish girlfriend Lisa (Tuva Novotny) are in love
for each other, and Lisa wants to be introduced to his family. Måns is
having erection problem with his mate, but is looking for alternative
methods to resolve the situation, since he is afraid of going to the
doctor. When Roro finally decides to present Lisa to his family, they
arrange a wedding for him with the Lebanese Yasmin (Laleh Pourkarim).
Yasmin and Roro agree to pretend that they are going to get married to
relieve the pressure of their families, leading them to a great
"Jalla! Jalla!" is a delightful Swedish romantic comedy, a must-see in the genre. On the contrary of Hollywoodian romances, the characters are common people, without fancy cars, expensive cellular and high positions, therefore absolutely believable. Tuva Novotny is amazingly beautiful, and her romantic pair is a man very thin and not handsome, in a non-acceptable Hollywoodian standard. The storyline is very simple, but there are many funny situations in this highly recommended entertainment. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Jalla! Jalla!"
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
''Jalla! Jalla! '' is a very cool movie. I like European movies, so it
was a pleasure to watch this movie, that has a very simple story but
anyway can make us feel great.
Roro is a Lebanese immigrant who works in the parks in Sweden. His best friend is the Swedish Måns, who is also his colleague from the work. Roro loves his Swedish girlfriend Lisa, but his family thinks he has to marry with a Lebanese girl. Roro tries to avoid the marriage all the ways he can and when Roro finally decides to introduce Lisa to his family, they arrange a wedding for him with Yasmin, a Lebanese girl with a very stressed (and annoying)brother.
At the same time,Måns is having problems to get an erection, what lead us to funny scenes in the movie...
This is a multi-cultural comedy. With true love. True sexual
A family trying to match-make the wrong couples. Pitbulls. Vacuum
Swedish chewing tobacco. And a parrot who swears in Arabian.
The acting is superb. The story is serious enough to make the characters all the more lovable. Go see it! Now!
What can you expect from a Swedish comedy that is called "Jalla!
Jalla!" and that has been made with an unknown cast by a man you've
never heard of before? Quite a lot as this movie proves. It's subject
certainly isn't one of the easiest, but Josef Fares made a good movie
out of it.
Don't ask me what "Jalla! Jalla!" stands for, because I really don't know. I don't even know if it is Arabic or Swedish (I guess the first). But what I do know is that this is a movie about Roro a man from Lebanese origin who works as a park attendant with his best friend Måns. Roro has a Swedish girlfriend, something that he doesn't want his parents to know , and is forced to marry a Lebanese/Swedish girl. He likes her but doesn't love her, but decides to marry her anyway to help her, because if she doesn't marry, her brother will send her back to Lebanon to their parents. Måns has entirely different problems. He has a relationship too, but because he's having potency problems, his relationships isn't exactly going very well. While Måns tries to fix his problem, using all kinds of methods, Roro has to try to keep up appearances while stalling the wedding plans and maintaining the relationship with his unknowing girlfriend.
I must say that I didn't expect all that much about this movie. Normally a movie about mixed relationships or other multi-cultural society problems tends to get incredibly preachy. But not this movie, instead of showing how bad and racist the 'white man' is and how nice the 'black man', this movie has made a comedy out of it. And it works. The characters and the situations that they get in are believable, but more important also incredibly funny.
The acting too was very nice. I had never heard of any of the actors before, but I must say that they all did a very nice job. Most surprising is probably that most of them has never played in any other movie before or since this one. Does that mean that these aren't professional actors? I don't know, but I sure hope to see them again soon, because I really had a very good time with this movie and I can't remember being annoyed by it once. That's also the reason why I give this movie at least a 7.5/10.
This film marks the beginning of a career that hopefully will spawn number of good films in the future. Little known Fares has made an intelligent and very funny film. I totally recommend all people who have the opportunity to see this movie.
this movie is not trying to be a serious movie. It's just alot of fun, i laughed my ass off at the cinema, and so did the whole audience. The story is not complex. It's about a young man wich father wants him to get married with a girl from his own country, but he loves a swedish girl...
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