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26 January 2005 (France) See more »
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Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A Fresh and Frank Update of Romeo & Juliet See more (20 total) »

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
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89 min
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Fresh and Frank Update of Romeo & Juliet, 18 July 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Lila Says (Lila dit ça)" is the freshest and most original update of "Romeo and Juliet" since "West Side Story."

The transgressive nature of their relationship is dealt with much more explicitly, both in their differences and their sexual attraction. Parallel to "À Tout de Suite (Right Now)" as a relationship between a Polish blonde, "Lila," and an Arab teen, "Chimo," and both being based on putatively true stories, it has far more passion and gets us right into their heads as these two most unlikely soul mates find each other.

Lila's sudden appearance in the vividly shown immigrant slums of Marseilles stands her out immediately, like "an angel" she claims and she is clearly fascinated by his "olive skin." They each reach out counter to their culture and tantalize taboos -- he eschews macho aggression for transfixed listening, while she is quite literally a C.T., with arousing sexual descriptions pouring out of that potty pouty mouth very much like a modern day Scheherazade in an Arabian Days, particularly on one quite memorable bike ride.

We see more and more how this odd relationship becomes a haven for them, as she is an orphaned victim of sexual abuse who has learned the power of being seen as a Lolita fantasy object and he is surrounded by, as he calls them, "losers", frustrated by unemployment and post-9/11 suspicions. They start having an effect on each other as they learn to trust each other in one of the most tender evocations of first love amidst a way too sexually and politically charged environment.

She has a disturbed relationship with her female guardian, while "Chimo" has an unusually supportive and warm relationship with his mother, who was abandoned by his father's attraction to a Frenchwoman, which may explain why he is so much more sensitive than his rough and resentful friends.

When the pair's tentative pas de deux, however, starts to touch other people as they challenge expectations, he when he is faithful to her despite her challenging language of temptation and she by openly mocking the link between sex and religion, they incite jealousies and hysteria that build up in horrific speed to an unexpected tragedy and revelation that has incredible force and power.

It is somewhat of a cliché in the young immigrant love genre that "Chimo" as the narrator is struggling with being a writer, but his talent and insights fit both sweetly and dramatically into the storytelling.

Vahina Giocante, as "Lila," shifts amazingly from brazen flirt to demure school girl, while Mohammed Khouas, in his debut as "Chimo," is captivating and heart breakingly believable, both in his early naive curiosity and in his later growing maturity.

The editing is terrific at matching their emotions, with tight close-ups when they are together, and encompassing mise en scene shots of their environments when they separate.

The music selections well match their different backgrounds and coming together.

This is an exhausting and exhilarating look at young love and life lessons.

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