Jalla! Jalla! (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jalla! Jalla! (2001)

Jalla! Jalla! (2001)




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Twenty-four-year-old Josef Fares make his directorial debut with this wild and wooly culture clash about impotence and arranged marriages. Roro (Fares Fares) and Måns (Torkel Petersson) are longtime buddies with very different problems. The son of Lebanese immigrants, Roro is utterly in love with his Swedish girlfriend Lisa, though he is afraid to tell his traditionally minded parents about her for fear of a family brouhaha. Everything is going swimmingly until his parents suddenly announce that they have arranged a marriage for him. Måns, on the other hand, can't remember the last time he had sex with his with his girlfriend and he has come to believe that he is impotent. Meanwhile, Yasmin -- Roro's would be bride -- is clearly as uninterested in him as he is in her, but she's afraid of telling the truth to her bullying brother who's fanatical about seeing her married. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Jan Fares
as Farsan
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Critic Reviews for Jalla! Jalla!

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

It's a first feature from a young director, and still has a bit of film-school gawkiness about it. But there's talent here, and probably better films to come.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A warm, sweet Swedish romantic comedy about culture shock in Scandanavia.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Or, as more than a few IMDB reviewers have hinted: My Big Fat Swedish Wedding.

Full Review… | July 18, 2004
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Unlike many broad comedies, Jalla! Jalla! has real affection for its characters and that makes it a winner.

July 15, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A warm and funny buddy movie about relationships, sex and weddings - in that order. The performances are wonderful, and are played as straight as an arrow.

Full Review… | November 16, 2002
Urban Cinefile

While the meandering story is coherently told, it labours under a dual storyline that tells completely different stories until they're tied together fairly unconvincingly at the end.

Full Review… | May 4, 2002
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Jalla! Jalla!


A swedish movie about a swedish guy who can't get an erection and an arabic guy who's in love with a swedish girl, but sadly is planned to marry an arabic one. Good, but not great.

Hans J. Eiðisgarð
Hans J. Eiðisgarð

i'm really digging josef fares' style. benny from kops is pretty hilarious again this time with "kuk" problems. i guess it's a romantic comedy, a style that i'm not really into at all but fares fares and torkel and tuva really pull off great performances.

steve c
steve c

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