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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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Its story is completely devastating, but I wouldn't want to miss a second of it 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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The money shown in the movie is the currency of Estonia (100 crown bills).See more »
Quotes:
Volodja:I killed myself and went to heaven and yeah, it's really good in heaven. But I regret it, 'cause I wanted to live on earth a little longer. You remain dead for all eternity, but you're alive only for a brief moment.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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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Its story is completely devastating, but I wouldn't want to miss a second of it, 2 August 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the best movies never get the attention that they deserve. Take for instance this "Lilja 4-ever". It has never been in any large movie theater and is only shown on festivals or on specialized TV stations that broadcast more non-commercial movies. That's also how I got to see it. I knew about this movie, but had never been able to give it a try, until two days ago when it was finally shown on national television.

Lilja is a 16 year old Estonian girl who will move with her mother and her mother's new boyfriend to the USA. But when it's about time to leave, her mother tells her that she can't come with them right now. She will have to stay for a while, following them to the USA afterward and until then her mother will send her money. But once they are gone, it quickly gets clear that they have abandoned Lilja and don't want to see her ever again. She doesn't really have anyone to take care of her and has only one real friend, the young boy Volodja. Completely out of money, she decides to sell the only thing that she has left, her body. She picks up older men in a disco until one day she meets Andrej, a nice boy of her own age. She falls deeply in love with him and when he tells her that she can come with him to Sweden to find a well-payed job and a beautiful apartment so she can start an entire new life far away of all the misery, she is convinced that for once and for all her luck has changed...

Just after I saw the movie, I went to bed to get some sleep, but the entire movie just kept spooking through my head all the time, keeping me awake for hours. Even now, I'm still thinking about the horrible faith of that poor girl. That has a lot to do with the excellent acting of course. Oksana Akinshina is a complete stranger to me, but her performance was so incredibly good and so believable, that you might easily forget that you are watching a movie instead of a real life documentary. Artyom Bogucharsky as Volodya, Pavel Ponomaryov as Andrej, Liliya Shinkaryova as Lilja's aunt,... None of them is famous or has played in many other movies, but one by one, they play their roles as if they have never done anything else in their entire lives.

"Lilja 4-ever" isn't exactly a movie that will make you happy. I would even say that its story will leave you behind completely devastated, but will also keep you thinking about Lilja for days after you've seen it. That's what happened to me and that's something that I haven't experienced too often yet. If you are strong enough to cope with the hard reality, then you should definitely give this movie a try. In my opinion there is only one appropriate rating for a movie like this one and that is 10/10!!!

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