Lila Says (2004)
"Lila dit ça" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  26 January 2005 (France)
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Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures.



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Cast overview:
Moa Khouas ...
Chimo (as Mohammed Khouas)
Karim Ben Haddou ...
Lotfi Chakri ...
Hamid Dkhissi ...
Big Jo
Edmonde Franchi ...
Lila's Aunt
Carmen Lebbos ...
Chimo's Mother
Ghandi Assad ...
Dominique Bluzet ...
Stéphanie Fatout ...
Claire Soulier
Barbara Chossis ...
Chinese Prostitute
Bruno Esposito ...
Police Inspector


In a poor Arab neighborhood, the nineteen years old Chimo lives alone with his mother and is a talented natural writer. His school teacher offers him the chance to study in Paris, inclusive with a letter of recommendation, but his mother can not afford and Chimo stays. His three best friends are completely losers and scoundrels. When the shy Chimo meets the gorgeous and sexy new-arrival in the ghetto Lila, who lives with a deranged aunt, his gross friend Mouloud falls for her. However, Chimo becomes close to Lila, who seduces him with her sexual games, telling him about her perverted sexual experience. The inexperienced Chimo falls in love for her, but he does not know how to declare his love for the girl. When Mouloud sneaks and listens to a private conversation between Lila and Chimo, he concludes that the girl is a whore, with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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26 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Lila dice  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,599 (USA) (24 June 2005)


$121,166 (USA) (23 September 2005)

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Lila: I'm like a Ferrari in a junkyard.
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A Hazy Shade of Random
Written by William Orbit
Performed by Strange Cargo
Published by Rondor Music London Ltd
Licensed courtesy of VIRGIN RECORDS Ltd
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Can't have any complaints
3 February 2005 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

I just saw it, and I was really pleased. Very nice movie, disturbing at times, but in a very nice way. I believe the Ziad Doueiry really knows how to make good things out of his low budget: Very nice camera movement. Very good lighting, very nice image. And a very nice story. Also a lot of details that make the movie seem rather clever. Credit also goes to Vahina Giocante, whose performance is stunning. No matter how much she tries to disturb you, you will love her more and more as the movie goes on. If you're a big fan of beauty, be prepared, you're really gonna enjoy her. Back to Ziad Doueiry: he certainly proved that West Beirut wasn't a matter of luck. He's proving that he is a very good Lebanese director. And believe me, it's hard to be a good Lebanese director, due to the limited funds available, which can have a negative effect, "physically" (if you know what I mean) and morally.

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