Know the Cast: ‘JJ+E’

JJ+E Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2021 Netflix Movie

The JJ+E cast features Mustapha Aarab , Elsa Öhrn and Marika Lagercrantz. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for the 2021 Netflix movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

JJ+E (Vinterviken) takes place in modern-day Stockholm, Sweden. When a youth named John John rescues a young girl from drowning, he’s welcomed into the home of a privileged family. The teenager falls for a local girl, Elisabeth, while committing crimes with his troubled best friend, Sluggo. Here’s all of the main players in Alexis Almström’s 2021 film JJ+E, an adaptation of Mats Wahl’s 1993 novel Winterbucht.

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JJ+E Cast: Mustapha Aarab as John John

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Mustapha Aarab as John John

Character Profile: A Stockholm teenager who hangs out with a rough crowd. He applies to a drama school in order to reunite with his love interest, Elisabeth. John John fares well in his new environment but contemplates violence after a second-half tragedy.

Aarab’s Resume: Zack in Beartown (2020)

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JJ+E Cast: Elsa Öhrn as Elisabeth

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Elsa Öhrn as Elisabeth

Character Profile: John John’s love interest. She recently lost her mother, and copes with her grief through the art of performance. Elisabeth purses a romance with John John yet retreats after a troubling late-night incident.

Öhrn’s Resume: Emma in Bert’s Diary (2020)

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JJ+E Cast: Magnus Krepper as Frank

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Magnus Krepper as Frank

Character Profile: Elisabeth’s father. He intends to sell the family home in order to properly manage his finances. Frank worries about John John’s motivations.

Krepper’s Resume: Hans Faste in the “Dragon Tattoo” Trilogy (2009), Pieter the Vet in A Cure for Wellness (2016), Björn in Before We Die (2017-19), Peter in Queen of Hearts (2019), Stefan in When the Dust Settles (2020)

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JJ+E Cast: Loreen as Maria

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Loreen as Maria

Character Profile: John John’s mother. She dates a former heroin addict who clashes with her son. Maria supports John John’s educational and romantic goals.

Loreen’s Resume: A Swedish Pop Singer — Also, Herself in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

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JJ+E Cast: Simon Mezher as Jacob

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Simon Mezher as Jacob

Character Profile: John John’s drama teacher. He’s loyal to committed students. Jacob refuses to give up on John John despite the boy’s questionable behavior.

Mezher’s Resume: Ramon in Beautiful Fall (2004), Sam Radmans bror in The Laser Man (2005), Civilpolis in The Hypntist (2012), Suleiman in Caliphate (2020), Majid in Beck (2021)

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JJ+E Cast: Jonay Pineda Skallak as Sluggo

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Jonay Pineda Skallak as Sluggo

Character Profile: John John’s best friend. He’s a thief who get into trouble with the police. Sluggo also points a gun at Maria’s boyfriend, Patrik, which leads to a violent confrontation.

Skallak’s Resume: Feature Debut in JJ+E

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JJ+E Cast: Albin Grenholm as Patrik

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Albin Grenholm as Patrik

Character Profile: Maria’s boyfriend. According to local youths, he used to be a heroin addict and was known as “Horse” in prison. Patrik offers financial assistance to John John but then turns on the boy after a scuffle.

Grenholm’s Resume: Kimmo in Midnight Sun (2016), Dunken in Leif & Billy (2017-20), Markus Thulin in Fartblinda (2019), Per in Knocking (2021), Stellan in Snöänglar (2021)

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JJ+E Cast: Marika Lagercrantz as Victoria

JJ+E Cast on Netflix - Marika Lagercrantz as Victoria in Vinterviken

Character Profile: Elisabeth’s grandmother. She’s not happy about Frank’s decision to sell the family home. Victoria appears briefly during the first act of the Netflix movie.

Lagercrantz’s Resume: Rita in Drömmen om Rita (1993), Viola in Love Lessons (1995), Vivi in My Wife’s First Lover (2006), Cecilia Vanger in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Christina in When You Are Lärare (2017)

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The JJ+E cast also includes Otto Hargne (Ingenting har hänt), Andreas Gauffin (The Sandhamn Murders, Snöänglar) and Mikael Örjansberg (Helt Perfekt). Elsa Bergström Terent, Pär Boman and Ambra Andela Ugorji also make their feature debuts.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.