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Release Date:
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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12 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Human Betrayed and Sold See more (201 total) »

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:
Oksana Akinshina and director Lukas Moodysson had to communicate through an interpreter because Oksana spoke neither English nor Swedish at the time.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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Ne Obizhai MenyaSee more »

FAQ

Does Lilya die at the end of the movie?
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63 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Human Betrayed and Sold, 19 February 2005
Author: martin_g_karlsson from Sweden

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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She was like 13 or 14 years.. MrNickPeters
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