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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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12 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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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 Norman .... teaser colorist (as James C. Norman)
 
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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Did You Know?

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:That's stupid. I'm not going to die. I'm going to America.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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243 out of 270 people found the following review useful.
Lilja 4-ever is as good as it gets, 5 February 2003
Author: Josef Lundström (nyongo@bredband.net) from Umeå, Sweden

It is not often that everyone is quiet after a movie at the cinema. Some were crying, others did not know how to act, ending up staring out in to the emptiness. For me, nothing was the same after I did leave the cinema. I know that it sounds like a cliché, but I tell you, it is not. Some of these people were laughing before they sat down, but the haunting beginning of the movie did wake everyone up. Every day you do wake up, when you are working you do hurry away; maybe you take your children with you to leave them at the nearby kindergarten. If it is a holiday, maybe you are of to meet some friends. In the evening you come home, you are cooking and eating. Maybe you do sit down with your wife and kids watching a good TV-show. When the night comes, you are wishing your child's a good night's sleep before you go to bed. It is not easy for you to know what is going on inside the apartment of your neighbour. The time that pass from the beginning to the end is the time the director Lukas Moodysson have to convince you that the reality is not as good as you may think, or maybe you already know, all to well.

The reality of leading character Lilja becomes slowly a part of your reality. You can choose to see Lilja in two different points of view. You can see her as a part of a fairly tale, and nothing more, than her life story will disappear after the movie in your shower. Or you may see her as she is; a picture of what life can do with people who are not as lucky as you, a picture of other girls in the same situation as she. The great acting of the 15 year old Russian actress Oksana Akinsjina makes it possible. I did almost forget that she is not Lilja when I did see the movie, it is heartbreaking when she is crying, and when she is happy her smile is the most wonderful you have seen that day. But a few minutes later you may see pain in her eyes. If you are thinking about what is happing in the movie, you will understand her reactions. When it is painful then she cries without hope, when it is too painful she doesn't seems to react at all (exactly like you!) and you don't need to imagine to feel the pain she have inside.

The one that will become more close to her than anyone else is the street kid and male leading character Volodja act by the 12 year old Artiom Bogutjarskij (his first movie). I have worked with street children and his acting is very authentic. When everything falls apart for Lilja, Volodja becomes her last hope, he is never leaving her in her mind he is always close. He is the one who is always there, the one that catches her when she falls. Lukas said in an interview that Volodja are a shape of Jesus in the end you will understand. These parts are telling about the dreams of Lilja, whom makes it easier to understand her vision of hope. Lukas is the best Swedish director now and maybe of all time. The integrity of his actors is intact, that he manages to do it in a movie like this shows how good as a director he is. He has a moving respect for Oksana and the way he cares about her integrity is the thing that makes this movie worth looking. His manuscript is trustworthy and don't have any illogical lacks. Nothing is darker than it could be in the reality. All characters are three dimensional and even the evil characters are human, even the victims are not just victims.

You may wonder if the reality is this dark. In a article in a Swedish newspaper Lukas Moodyson told that he had spoken with a social worker and he was told that some mothers do sell their own kids for 1 £ to the sex industry. Though the movie is fictional and not about her, many of the memorable things that are happening to Lilja in the movie did happen to Dangoule Rasalaite from Latvia between the 17th September 1999 and the 10th January 2000. Lukas read about her in an article. The reality is always worse than the fiction.

The young actors do carry the weight of the movie with grace. Their acting against each other is moving, it is a special chemistry between them. Lukas has the gift of finding the right persons for the characters in all is movies, and Lilja 4-ever is not an exception. Last Monday Lilja forever won 5 out of 6 gold beagles (the most important Swedish film award) it was nominated to (Artiom was also nominated for best performance by an actor). The awards it won were for best movie, best picture, best manuscript, best direction, and the most important of them all, best performance by an actress. Trafficking is the third biggest illegal industry in the world; it makes this movie so important. Lukas Moodysson and Oksana did manage to wake up this nation, to show that our reality is not as good as we thought. We can see it in the reactions of the cinema public, how people are talking about it afterwards, and in the newspapers. The Swedish government are working for the possibility to show this movie in schools all over the former Sovjet Union. Lukas has said that if this movie can convince one girl to make other decisions than Lilja and to many other young girls; this movie was worth making.

This movie is worth more than all the awards it has won and all the awards it will win. This movie can change your point of view, it is that message of hope it brings.

/Josef Lundström

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