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Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
"Lilja 4-ever" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  23 August 2002 (Sweden)
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Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lilja (as Oksana Akinsjina)
Artyom Bogucharskiy ...
Volodya (as Artiom Bogutjarskij)
Lyubov Agapova ...
Lilja's Mother (as Ljubov Agapova)
Liliya Shinkaryova ...
Aunt Anna (as Lilija Sjinkarjova)
Elina Benenson ...
Pavel Ponomaryov ...
Andrei (as Pavel Ponomarjov)
Tomasz Neuman ...
Witek (as Tomas Neumann)
Anastasiya Bedredinova ...
Neighbor (as Anastasia Bedredinova)
Tõnu Kark ...
Sergei
Nikolai Bentsler ...
Natasha's Boyfriend (as Nikolaj Bentsler)
Aleksander Dorosjkevitch ...
Friend #1 (as Aleksandr Dorosjkevitj)
Yevgeni Gurov ...
Friend #2 (as Jevgeni Gurov)
Aleksandr Sokolenko ...
Friend #3
Margo Kostelina ...
Cashier #1
Veronika Kovtun ...
Cashier #2
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Storyline

While waiting for her mothers reply to take her to the USA, Lilya idles the time away smoking, drinking and having fun with her, too, outcast friend Volodya. In time, the chance of a new life becomes non-existent; her life is going nowhere. Meeting a young man, she then finds a plane ticket in her hand and a new life in Sweden: a job, an apartment and prospects. All is not what it seems. There shall be work, there shall be housing and there shall be no escape. This is the stark, frank and disturbing vision of the life of a young victim of the underground sex trade and in all its tone of realism of abject poverty, despicable actions and of wanting to show that dreaming of a better life is not a crime but that life can shatter the illusion of a happy ending. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Rated R for strong sexual content, a rape scene, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,731 (USA) (18 April 2003)

Gross:

$181,655 (USA) (23 May 2003)
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Trivia

Although the film doesn't specify it, the Swedish city at which Lilya arrives is Malmö. The footage was shot in the southern and eastern parts of the city center. For example, the tall gray buildings in the beginning and final scenes, seen in the background from the fatal bridge, are located in the district of Eriksfält. The apartment where Lilya is kept is located at Eriksfältsgatan. Poor Dangoule, the girl whose life this film was based on, was actually kept in an apartment in Arlöv, a town to the north of Malmö. The actual bridge she jumped off is crossing Trelleborgsvägen. See more »

Quotes

Lilja: [Volodja gives her the world as a present] Sorry, but I'm not sure it's a good present. It's windy, there's a mist. It's so cold. And this world isn't that good.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Your Body Free
Written by D. Westerlund / R. Söderman
Performed by Antiloop
With permission from Stockholm Songs/Stockholm Records - A Universal Music Company
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Human Betrayed and Sold
19 February 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is about the buying and selling of human beings. Lilja is in a hopeless situation, she is betrayed and then sold. The men who sell and buy her are not concerned with who she is, or why she is there. They don't want to know. They do their business and don't ask questions.

There is not much doubt this could be a true story. Moodysson wrote the script after reading about a young girl, an eastern European refugee, under strange circumstances throwing herself off a bridge in Malmö. "Sex slavery", trafficking, is out of sight, out of mind for most of us, but is still very much in effect. And most of the people on the planet live very hard lives.

The buying and selling of people is something that we all live with. We all sell ourselves to anonymous corporations, we have to do it, it is in the fabric of our societies. Liljas sale is on another scale of exploitation, of course, but it is also an extreme of what capitalism effectively means. Everything is a commodity.

The movie tells the story of of a young girls destruction by brutal socioeconomic and individual forces, both objectively and subjectively. While there is no big drama, the story is told from the perspective of Lilja. There are a few weaknesses, the portrayal of Lilja starts with things going bad, and then they turn even worse. We don't get to know Lilja outside of hardships, which probably enables us to differentiate ourselves from her. Also its a bit over-explicit in the depiction of the adult betrayal of Lilja. What if, for example, Liljas mother hadn't disappeared, the way she does in the movie, would that make the story much less tragic?

Otherwise, its a film that people "should see", there should be a 100 of these kind of movies made for every new, strained, meaningless, "J.Lo is pretty and wants romance" or "Arnie is strong, rightfully angry and wants to kill somebody", film. Instead of the other way around, the way it is today.


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