JJ+E 2021 Movie Review
Alexis Almström’s new effort JJ+E is ready to land on Netflix on 8 September. The director, best known for directing four episodes of the TV series Top Dog and his debut feature Pink Cloud Syndrome, worked on a modern adaption of Mats Wahl’s 1993 acclaimed Swedish novel Vintervinken, penned by Dunja Vujovic and produced by Teresa Alldén.
Vujovic’s reworked version of the story is set in modern day Stockholm and follows the love story between Elisabeth and John-John. The two youngsters are raised in the same city, yet they live light years apart, separated economically, socially and culturally. That is, until the day they find themselves in the same high school class.
Elizabeth is played by 18-year-old newcomer Elsa Öhrn. Born and raised in the Swedish capital, she has been studying musical performance at Kulturama and is currently attending the theatre programme offered by Södra Latins gymnasium.
Meanwhile, John-John is portrayed by 17-year-old Mustapha Aarab. Originally from Agadir, he moved to Sweden four years ago and debuted in the TV series Beartown.
Other cast members include Magnus Krepper, Loreen, Marika Lagercrantz, Albin Grenholm, Otto Hargne, Simon Mezher, Jonay Pineda Skallak and Elsa Bergström Terent. Furthermore, the upcoming single Eld & Lågor by Swedish pop-singer Victor Leksell will serve as the lead track of the film.
JJ+E is a co-production between Stockholm-based studio Filmlance, Netflix and Sveriges Television, which will air it next year.