Jalla! Jalla! (2000)
Sweden / Arabic
"Memfis Film presenterar en skön rulle av Josef Fares
"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...
Not preachy, but realistic and sometimes incredibly funny
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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