JJ+E is now streaming on Netflix, and the brand new teen movie is the Romeo and Juliet romance you didn’t know you needed.
The film is set in Stockholm and can also be known as Vinterviken. This is a reference to the swimming place where they go, located on the outskirts of Stockholm.
Mustapha Aarab takes a lead role in the film, and fans of the teen rom-com want to know more.
WHO IS MUSTAPHA AARAB?
Mustapha Aarab is the 17-year-old up and coming star who is starring the character of John John in the newest Netflix Swedish teen drama film JJ+E.
Mustapha was born on January 19, 2004, in Morocco in North Africa before moving to Sweden with his mother in 2017. As Mustapha can speak Arabic, he auditioned for Beartown in 2019 and landed him the role of Zack.
Mustapha has been on the rise since his role in Beartown which he featured on with his co-stars Miriam Ingrid, Ulf Stenberg, Oliver Dufåker, Aliette Opheim, and others. The director of Beartown, Peter Grönlund, put Mustapha in the role of Zack, which he played for four episodes.
Mustapha has an Instagram account where he updates fans and friends with pictures. At the minute he has 15 posts and 13.5K followers, which is ever-growing as his fan base expands
JJ+E ACTOR’S AGE, INSTAGRAM AND ROLES
The premise of JJ+E follows teenagers John-John aka Mustapha Aarab and Elisabeth played by Elsa Öhrn. Elisabeth and John-John are polar opposites but after John-John saves Elisabeth’s little sister from drowning, the two meet and lock eyes on each other.
After discovering they will be attending the same theatre school everything seems to fall into place as JJ becomes the shoulder to lean on whilst Elisabeth is grieving the loss of her mother.
Directed by Alexis Almström, this is not one to miss – so head over to Netflix to watch the love story unfold.
Performance Worth Watching: The ensemble is wonderful, but Elsa Öhrn has a real star quality, giving off major Anna Chlumsky and Florence Pugh vibes with her performance. Whether she’s sulking at home, showing off her acting chops to John-John’s friends, or falling head over heels into young love, she’s utterly convincing, charming in an understated way that makes each one of her scenes thoroughly engrossing.
Memorable Dialogue: I ran to jot down an early line from one of John-John’s friends prior to breaking into Frank’s house: “No one who’s that rich is nice,” says Sluggo. “Either he or one of his ancestors fucked someone over.”
Sex and Skin: There’s some sweet, tender first-love sex, and lots of canoodling.
Our Take: JJ+E avoids the biggest sin committed by most teen dramas: it never gets soapy. The film creates a grounded world from the get-go, making Stockholm feel like any neighborhood, and John-John and his friends like kids we all went to school with. When the stakes get high and the drama gets intense, that sense of reality is still very much present, ensuring that the film’s heavier moments pack the punches necessary to make us really feel something (and fear for John-John’s future).
Despite the film’s successes in many arenas, however, I couldn’t help but be thrown by its indecisiveness about the story it was trying to tell. JJ+E vacillates between John-John and Elisabeth’s sweet story and the crimes happening in John-John’s friend group that eventually lead to something incredibly dark – and a pretty absurd, out-of-left-field ending. I was on board until the last 15 or so minutes of the film, when it takes a sharp dramatic turn that hits hard – but not necessarily in a way that works for JJ+E. It’s a bit of a bummer, too, because the chemistry between the young leads is so dreamy, and the story feels important. When the ending jumps the shark like this, however, it’s hard to recommend to others.