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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)
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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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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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
References Psycho (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piece of My HeartSee more »

FAQ

Does Lilya die at the end of the movie?
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134 out of 162 people found the following review useful.
compelling Swedish drama, 5 December 2004
Author: mfridell from Oregon, USA

Lilja 4-ever is an excellently-crafted film created by and for Swedes to help stimulate public debate and redress the issue of the vulnerability of immigrant children. It's a cruel, enlightening, compelling watch for anyone in the West, but it's most definitely not a movie for escapism, it's not an After School Special, and it's a world away from the endless contemporary assault/insult of bald neocon propaganda on Anglo-American screens.

Unless you're very, very dead inside, Lilja 4-ever will horrify you, move you to tears, and leave you speechless...at least in its immediate aftermath. And if you are dead inside, the implicit subject is inexorable capitalist alienation and trauma, so why not catch a representation of your own inner life on film? Maybe you can work it into a drinking game.

Based on actual, turn-of-the-21st-century suicides of escaped post-Soviet child prostitutes in the suburbs of Sweden, Lilja 4-ever is a well-done drama, featuring terrific acting--especially by Oksana Akinshina and Artyom Bogucharsky. It presents moody and stark cinematography, fine script-writing, and solid direction. Lilja 4-ever is not a documentary, but its subject is relentlessly grim and real: the tragic personal results of the continued, desperate corrosion of Eastern European society and its tacit, rapaciously opportunistic exploitation in the isolated, commuter highway-bound suburbs of the West. For its success in making these links visible and cinematic, Lilja 4-ever is outstanding.

I saw Lilja 4-ever when it was released in Stockholm in 2002. You can't watch this particular movie waiting for some good one-liners to repeat to the guys around the water cooler. You may not be able to identify with Lilja. You don't need to feel like she could be your girlfriend. For this movie to work, and to grasp who Lilja is, you need to be able to feel human compassion, sympathy and empathy, and to recognize and appreciate the drama in our socio-economic connections.

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