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23 August 2002 (Sweden) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Oksana Akinshina ... 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 ... Natasha
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
Jelena Jakovlena ... Teacher (as Jelena Jakovleva)
Tamara Solodnikova ... Social Worker
Nikolai Kutt ... Man on the bridge (as Nikolai Kütt)
Oleg Rogatchov ... Natasha's dad (as Oleg Rogatjov)
Aleksander Okunev ... Volodya's dad (as Aleksandr Okunev)
Herardo Contreras ... Anna's neighbour (as Herardo Kontreras)
Madis Kalmet ... Man in hotel room
Bo Christer Hjelte ... Lonely man
Sten Erici ... BMW-man
Hermie Acereda ... Man in Sweden #1
Gert Bondesson ... Man in Sweden #2
Anders Brinning ... Man in Sweden #3
Johan Edlund ... Man in Sweden #4
Henryk Gwiazada ... Man in Sweden #5
Rickard Mattila ... Man in Sweden #6
Michael Merikan ... Man in Sweden #7
Jeff Norman ... Man in Sweden #8
Truls Rosén ... Man in Sweden #9
Jacob Ryer ... Man in Sweden #10
Farhad Sina ... Man in Sweden #11
Johan Åkerblom ... Man in Sweden #12
Jaanika ... Go Go-dancer #1
Olga ... Go Go-dancer #2
Otto Andersson
Virko Annus
Ljljana Culev (as Ljiljana Culev)
Lidija Cvitanovic
Maria Karlsson Thörnqvist (as Maria Karlsson)
Kajsa Lundberg
Lars-Gunnar Mostrom (as Lars-Gunnar Moström)
Rein Nettan
Åsa Olsson
Jay B. Yarnel (as Jay Yarnel)

Directed by
Lukas Moodysson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lukas Moodysson 

Produced by
Gunnar Carlsson .... co-producer
Tomas Eskilsson .... co-producer
Malte Forssell .... line producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... co-producer
Lars Jönsson .... producer
Peeter Urbla .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
 
Cinematography by
Ulf Brantås 
 
Film Editing by
Michal Leszczylowski 
Oleg Morgunov 
Bernhard Winkler 
 
Casting by
Jesper Kurlandsky 
 
Art Direction by
Josefin Åsberg 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Östholm 
 
Makeup Department
Kristina Olsson .... assistant makeup artist
Jessica Simonsson .... makeup designer (as Jessica Cederholm)
 
Production Management
Malini Ahlberg .... production manager (as Anna Malini Ahlberg)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandra Dahlström .... assistant director
Malin Fornander .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Pille-Maris Arro .... property master
Mikael Back .... carpenter
Li Garpenfeldt .... props
Rickard Grönvall .... painter
Lars Ingvarsson .... set dresser
Sofie Kinngard .... painter
Martin Liljegren .... painter (as Martin Jacobsson)
Peter Vålming .... carpenter
Frank Zandhoff .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Henrik Lövgren .... boom operator
Niclas Merits .... sound
Hans Møller .... sound mixer
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Peter Schultz .... sound
Per Streit .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Göran Lundström .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Andreas Hylander .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Pernilla Andersson .... stunts
Lars Hjelm .... stunts
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator
Emma Samuelsson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonas Alarik .... first assistant camera
Trolle Davidson .... first assistant camera
Emil Hall .... grip
Per-Anders Jörgensen .... still photographer
Nils Lindberg .... lighting technician
Filip Tydén .... second assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marit Ahven .... assistant costumer
Aida Stålnacke .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Kjell Amrén .... scanner
Christer Eidhagen .... telecine operator
Stefan Eriksson .... negative cutter
Susanne Lund .... negative cutter
Andreas Nilsson .... assistant editor
James C. Norman .... teaser colorist
 
Music Department
Rasmus Thord .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Andres Arro .... production coordinator
Stina Berggren .... production coordinator
Nils Bindslev .... production assistant
Malin Fornander .... script supervisor
Lena Hansson .... film consultant: Swedish Film Institute (as Lena Hansson-Varhegyi)
Pia Janols .... production accountant
Anna Knochenhauer .... assistant to producer
Kristi-Karita Levoll .... assistant location manager
Hans Lönnerheden .... completion bond
Ingrid Nõmmik .... production secretary
Jonas Overton .... location manager
Anne-Helene Sommarström .... unit publicist
Karl Strandlind .... assistant location manager
Rasmus Thord .... production coordinator
Gun Åsander .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lilja 4-ever" - Sweden (original title)
"Lilya 4-ever" - International (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, a rape scene, drug use and language
Runtime:
109 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:Do you want to buy anything?
Woman at yard sale:There's nothing to buy here!
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Movie Connections:
References Together (2000)See more »
Soundtrack:
TayuSee more »

FAQ

Does Lilya die at the end of the movie?
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99 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Angels, 8 May 2003
Author: jotix100 from New York

Director Lukas Moodysson has achieved a film that is so moving that it is hard to forget it after leaving the theater. Images come back into one's mind about this story about this girl. The tragedy of her life is something to be shocked and alarmed.

To think there are out there, in the so-called civilized world, people that take advantage of girls like Lilja is mind boggling. Lilja's mother has to be one of the worst monsters ever presented in a film. This woman abandons her 16 year old daughter because she has found a meal ticket with a man that will probably end up leaving her as well.

Lilja is beautifully portrayed by Oksana Akinshina. The actress and her character disappear in front of your eyes. The story is very true as thousands of naive girls are exported from what it was the old Soviet Union to other countries in order to force them into prostitution. This story is constantly in the news, yet more and more young girls are duped into going abroad with the promise of highly paid jobs that exist only for the people who exploit them.

Her only friend is Volodya, also a very sad boy who is thrown out of his own house by an abusive father. Volodya and Lilja form a bond as they cling to one another. The little boy is street wise; he knows the fate that awaits Lilja in Sweden. Their friendship is the only thing they both have.

The sad part of the film is the realization that so called "normal" and perfectly "respectful" people are the same ones that brutalize these children. They use Lilja to satisfy their sexual appetites, then discard her like yesterday's trash. To know that there are people like that in our society is a very sad commentary about our world.

Contrary to what many people have commented about the film, I thought that in spite of the tragedy of Lilja's and Volodya's lives, it had a very positive ending because both are free to run around in a better place together, which is not a luxury most of us have on our time in this planet.

Mr. Moodysson gives us a film that will shock; he dares to go where others wouldn't. A job well done..

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