The Lebanese immigrant worker Roro (Fares Fares) and his Swedish colleague and best friend Mans (Torkel Petersson) work in a park in Sweden. Roro and his Swedish girlfriend Lisa (Tuva Novotny) are in love with each other, and Lisa wants to be introduced to his family. Mans is having erection problems, 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 confusion.


Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares made his first film experience a family affair, casting his older brother Fares in the lead and including his father and grandmother in the cast. He used his experiences as a Lebanese-born immigrant to create a romantic comedy, The Best Man’s Wedding(Jalla! Jalla!).

Roro (Fares Fares) is in love with Lisa (Tuva Novotny) but he’s not game enough to introduce her to his father (Jan Fares) and his grandmother (Khatoun Fares), both of whom are insisting he marry. Quickly, they organise a meeting with Yasmin (Laleh Pourkarim) and her brother Paul (Leonard Terfelt) and the deal is quickly done when Yasmin explains that if they don’t get engaged she’ll be shipped back to Lebanon. It’s to be a Clayton’s engagement. Meanwhile, Roro’s workmate and friend Mans (Torkel Petersson) is having problems with impotence and is going to all sorts of lengths to get sorted out. The two stories don’t really belong together but the way they’re treated it doesn’t matter much.

Fares was only 23 when he made Jalla! Jalla! as it was called in Sweden and it was a box office winner. And you have to give him a lot of credit. Brother Fares is winning in the central role of Roro, he has such a sweet presence in the film and Tuva Novotny is just gorgeous as his girlfriend. The problem lies in the not very funny sequences depicting Mans’ sexual problems, there’s a touch of adolescence in the treatment here, not to mention a lack of credibility. But it’s warm-hearted and generous, if slightly naive in its attempts at humour in the direction. It’s certainly watchable.