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

 -  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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23 August 2002 (Sweden)  »

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Lilya 4-Ever  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Based primarily on the real life of Dangoule Rasalaite, who ended up in Sweden after her mother took off and went to America. The film follows the events of Dangoule's life pretty closely, with the main exception of the boy Volodja who is entirely fictional. 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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Connections

Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Tayu
Written by A. Shulgin
Performed by Valeriya
With permission from Familia Publishing Ltd/Familia Entertainment Ltd
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catch 22
19 January 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

As one, who grew up in communism and still lives in Eastern Europe, I find the movie as real as it gets. It's very general and yet very accurate. The events shown in this movie actually happened and happen in every town from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. Lilja is my neighbor, too.

I am a guy who had no tear in his eyes for years. But last night, when I saw the movie, I cried like a baby. It felt like killing those people with my own bare hands.

I could never watch porn again.

Catch22 used to be my favorite book. Now I start hating it.


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