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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Although the watcher is not told in the film, the city in which Lilya arrives, is Malmö. The footage was shot in southern/eastern parts of the city center. For example, the tall gray buildings in the beginning and final scenes, seen on 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 life of which this story is based on - was however kept in an apartment in Arlöv, a town to the north of Malmö. The actual bridge that proved to be fatal is crossing Trelleborgsvägen. See more »

Quotes

Volodja: Everyone's spitting at you, but you're not ready
[to die]
Volodja: .
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Wanna Be With Me?
Written by P. Lidén
Performed by Da Buzz
With permission from Sonar Music / Edel Songs Publishing Scandinavia AB / Edel Records AB
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Realistic To The Core
4 November 2004 | by (Saint Petersburg, Russia) – See all my reviews

The movie is extremely sad & hard to watch, cause of its unbelievably realistic picture of poverty, humiliation & depression in which the vast majority of people in the former USSR republics live, including here in Russia. The minority of those who have still managed to keep being human beings in this mess is surrounded & slowly devastated by demoralised animals, created by the decades of communist reign. The realism of the picture is overwhelming & scary. It is so unexpected that a Swedish director have managed to see all the sadness, corruption, violence & immorality of post-USSR space much more clearly than any Russian director ever will. Probably, it is because most people here in Russia see the hell which is going on around them as a normal thing. That's why we need movies such as this - to face the truth, we are so trying to escape in everyday life. Plus, the film exposes the problem of human traffic in such true-to-life manner, it is painful. Worth watching for former USSR citizens, in order to wake-up & realize how degenerate they're becoming. Worth watching for foreigners in order to understand how the 99% of people in Russia & other post-soviet countries live, outside the glamorous & fake facades of Moscow city.


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