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Lila Says -- Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually-explicit overtures.

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26 January 2005 (France) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Directed by
Ziad Doueiri 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chimo  book
Ziad Doueiri 
Mark Lawrence 
Joelle Touma 

Produced by
John Battsek .... co-producer
Patricia Biancamano .... associate producer
Bernadette Carranza .... co-producer
Luigi Ferrara Santamaria .... co-producer
Marina Gefter .... producer
Bruno Levy .... associate producer
Andrew Ruhemann .... executive producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
Fabienne Vonier .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Nitin Sawhney 
 
Cinematography by
John Daly 
 
Film Editing by
Tina Baz 
 
Casting by
Juliette Ménager 
Maya Seuleyvan  (as Maya Sevleyan)
 
Production Design by
Yves Bernard 
 
Art Direction by
Arnaud Le Roch 
 
Costume Design by
Pierre Matard 
 
Makeup Department
Heidi Baumberger .... key makeup artist
Anne Beroul .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruno Ghariani .... unit production manager
Malek Hamzaoui .... production manager
Nicolas Royer .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... first assistant director
Teddy Laroutis .... third assistant director
Alexandre Schmitt .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Emmanuel Falconnet .... property master
Arnaud Le Roch .... assistant art director (as Laurent Le Roch)
Salomé Aubry .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... boom operator
Boris Chapelle .... assistant sound editor
Franck Desmoulins .... assistant sound editor
Philippe Garnier .... assistant sound
Laurent Lafran .... sound
Sylvain Lasseur .... sound editor
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound mixer
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Raphael Hattab .... digital artist
Jean-Francois Michelas .... digital compositor
Olivier Poujaud .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Hervé Décalion .... stunts
Jean-Benoit Guillon .... stunts
Jean-Michel Mièle .... stunts
Laurent Mulot .... stunts
Catherine Robert .... stunts
Alexandrine Roux .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gérard Bonnet .... still photographer
Séverine Brigeot .... still photographer
Phil Brookes .... gaffer
Lionel Catelan .... Steadicam operator
Hugues Gemignani .... assistant camera
Brice Gomez .... gaffer
Virgil Gomez .... gaffer
Philippe Leroy .... electrician
Philippe Leroy .... gaffer
Patrick Llopis .... key grip
Philippe Marton .... grip
Béatrice Mermet .... assistant camera
Thierry Montendre .... electrician
The Zoom N'guyen .... Steadicam operator (as Zoom Nguyen)
Nicolas Petris .... assistant camera
Thierry Pouffary .... first assistant camera (second unit)
Yves Pouffary .... cinematographer: second unit
Charlotte Vitroly .... camera trainee
Steve Wallace .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karyn Atmar .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Paul Ensby .... colorist
Géraldine Rétif .... assistant editor
Bérengère Saint-Bezar .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marie-Laure Calmette .... production assistant
Pierre Hue .... assistant location manager
Himesh Kar .... senior executive
Jessica Ludgrove .... production coordinator
Catherine Magnan .... script supervisor
Nicole Stott .... head of development
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lila dit ça" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a brief violent image
Runtime:
89 min
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Quotes:
Lila:I'm like a Ferrari in a junkyard.See more »
Soundtrack:
El Kalam Da KebirSee more »

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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
By the end, you understand the title..., 11 February 2006
Author: pickymiss from United States

I found this film very enjoyable. I believe the setting is actually Marseilles... not a Paris suburb as was mentioned in another review, However, a "poorer neighborhood" of "anywhere, big-city France" would describe it. I think this film can even provide a bit of insight into the underlying causes of the riots in France in Fall 2005.

Lila is an orphan, lives with her aunt/foster mother. She is beautiful and says many shocking things, even in the first two or three minutes of the film. (I would probably not let children watch this movie due to language, more than any other type of content.) Lila is a character who the viewer does not fully understand until the end of the film, which I will not spoil here. I was called back to my own adolescence while watching her character's actions and even more so by the end of the film.

Chimo is a complex character and it is fascinating to see his story. I have met many "Chimos." He is stuck in a life that he did not create, yet feels helpless to change, so he doesn't try. As the movie begins, he is writing and telling a story, thereby setting the stage for all the meetings with Lila that are included in the film.

Chimo and his mother have an interesting relationship. He definitely loves her, but he is frustrated because he believes she has given up on living a full life. The same could be said of his mother as she questions his motivation-level.

I really enjoyed this film and think it is beautifully filmed. Makes me want to visit Marseilles.

The songs were well-chosen. I actually wished more of the soundtrack had been French or Arabic music, perhaps it was more real that many songs are in English. I am not sure what French teenagers listen to...

I recommend this film to viewers over 16 years old, but actually could see watching it with younger adolescents as a catalyst for a "teachable moment."

A bittersweet ending that leaves some details hanging for the viewer to fill in.

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