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Jalla! Jalla! (2000)

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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Josef Fares

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Josef Fares
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fares Fares ... Roro
Torkel Petersson ... Måns
Tuva Novotny ... Lisa
Laleh Pourkarim Laleh Pourkarim ... Yasmin
Leonard Terfelt Leonard Terfelt ... Paul
Jan Fares Jan Fares ... Farsan
Sofi Helleday ... Jenny (as Sofi Ahlström Helleday)
Benyam Eriksson Benyam Eriksson ... Benson
Khatoun Fares Khatoun Fares ... Farmor
Abdulahad Fares Abdulahad Fares ... Abdul
Ingemar Carlehed Ingemar Carlehed ... Pappa Ulf
Harry Goldstein Harry Goldstein ... Sexbutiksägare
Tommy Andersson ... Peter
Christer Fjällström Christer Fjällström ... Polis
Jacob Tamm Jacob Tamm ... Simon Pramsten
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Arabic

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A násznagy esküvc591je See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$871,351
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Josef Fares: [first blood] A dog called Rambo. 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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Referenced in Kopps (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

New Noise
Written by Dennis Lyxzén, David Sandström, Jon Brännström and Kristofer Steen
Performed by Refused
Courtesy of Burning Heart Records
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Not preachy, but realistic and sometimes incredibly funny
4 August 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

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.


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