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Lilya 4-Ever ()

Lilja 4-ever (original title)
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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... See more »

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Lilja (as Oksana Akinsjina)
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Volodya (as Artiom Bogutjarskij)
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Lilja's Mother (as Ljubov Agapova)
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Aunt Anna (as Lilija Sjinkarjova)
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Natasha
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Andrei (as Pavel Ponomarjov)
Tomasz Neuman ...
Witek (as Tomas Neumann)
Anastasiya Bedredinova ...
Neighbor (as Anastasia Bedredinova)
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Sergei
Nikolai Bentsler ...
Natasha's Boyfriend (as Nikolaj Bentsler)
Aleksander Dorosjkevitch ...
Friend #1 (as Aleksandr Dorosjkevitj)
Yevgeni Gurov ...
Friend #2 (as Jevgenij Gurov)
Aleksandr Sokolenko ...
Friend #3
Margo Kostelina ...
Cashier #1
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Cashier #2
Jelena Jakovlena ...
Teacher (as Jelena Jakovleva)
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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
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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

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Lukas Moodysson

Written by

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Lukas Moodysson ... ()

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Gunnar Carlsson ... co-producer
Tomas Eskilsson ... co-producer
Malte Forssell ... line producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen ... co-producer
Lars Jönsson ... producer
Peeter Urbla ... associate producer

Music by

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Nathan Larson

Cinematography by

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Ulf Brantås

Film Editing by

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Michal Leszczylowski
Oleg Morgunov
Bernhard Winkler

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Jesper Kurlandsky

Art Direction by

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Josefin Åsberg

Costume Design by

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Denise Östholm

Makeup Department

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Kristina Olsson ... assistant makeup artist
Jessica Simonsson ... makeup designer (as Jessica Cederholm)

Production Management

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Malini Ahlberg ... production manager (as Anna Malini Ahlberg)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alexandra Dahlström ... assistant director
Malin Fornander ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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 Valming ... carpenter (as Peter Vålming)
Frank Zandhoff ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Henrik Lövgren ... boom operator
Niclas Merits ... sound
Hans Møller ... sound mixer
Gadou Naudin ... foley artist
Peter Schultz ... sound
Per Streit ... sound mixer

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Göran Lundström ... special effects

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Andreas Hylander ... visual effects

Stunts

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Pernilla Andersson ... stunts
Lars Hjelm ... stunts
Kimmo Rajala ... stunt coordinator
Emma Samuelsson ... stunts

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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

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Marit Ahven ... assistant costumer
Aida Stålnacke ... assistant costumer

Location Management

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Kristi-Karita Levoll ... assistant location manager
Jonas Overton ... location manager
Karl Strandlind ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Blanka ... music performer
Karsten Dreyer ... lyricist
Torsten Dreyer ... lyricist
Sergio Galoyan ... lyricist (as as Sergej Galojan)
Jocke Heidvall ... composer: additional music
Polina Järryd ... music coordinator
Niclas Kings ... composer: additional music
Tomas Persic ... musician
Marianne Richert Pfau ... music arrangement
Valeriy Polienko ... lyricist (as Valeriy Polienko)
Harry Sommerdahl ... composer: additional music
Robin Söderman ... lyricist
Rasmus Thord ... music coordinator
David Westerlund ... composer: additional music

Other crew

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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
Hans Lönnerheden ... completion bond
Ingrid Nõmmik ... production secretary
Anne-Helene Sommarström ... unit publicist
Rasmus Thord ... production coordinator
Gun Åsander ... production accountant

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Plot Summary

While waiting for her mothers reply to take her to the USA, Lilya idles the time away smoking, drinking and having fun with her, too, outcast friend Volodya. In time, the chance of a new life becomes non-existent; her life is going nowhere. Meeting a young man, she then finds a plane ticket in her hand and a new life in Sweden: a job, an apartment and prospects. All is not what it seems. There shall be work, there shall be housing and there shall be no escape. This is the stark, frank and disturbing vision of the life of a young victim of the underground sex trade and in all its tone of realism of abject poverty, despicable actions and of wanting to show that dreaming of a better life is not a crime but that life can shatter the illusion of a happy ending. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Also Known As
  • Lilja 4ever (Sweden)
  • Lilya 4-ever (World-wide, English title)
  • Lilya 4-Ever (United States)
  • Lilya 4-Ever (United Kingdom)
  • Lilya 4-ever (France)
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  • 109 min
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Trivia Based primarily on the real life of a Lithuanian girl Danguole Rasalaite, who ended up in Sweden after her mother took off and went to America. The film follows the events of Danguole's life pretty closely, with the main exception of the boy Volodja who is entirely fictional. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Mein Herz Brennt 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.
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