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Lila dit ça (2004)

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

Director:

Ziad Doueiri

Writers:

Chimo (book), Ziad Doueiri | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Vahina Giocante ... Lila
Moa Khouas Moa Khouas ... Chimo (as Mohammed Khouas)
Karim Ben Haddou Karim Ben Haddou ... Mouloud
Lotfi Chakri Lotfi Chakri ... Bakary
Hamid Dkhissi Hamid Dkhissi ... Big Jo
Edmonde Franchi Edmonde Franchi ... Lila's Aunt
Carmen Lebbos Carmen Lebbos ... Chimo's Mother
Ghandi Assad Ghandi Assad ... Sammy
Dominique Bluzet Dominique Bluzet ... Priest
Stéphanie Fatout Stéphanie Fatout ... Claire Soulier
Barbara Chossis Barbara Chossis ... Chinese Prostitute
Bruno Esposito Bruno Esposito ... Police Inspector
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Quotes

Lila: I keep my eyes closed. I go down on this hard, sweet round, throbbing thing. The world stands still. Day, night, wars, seasons.You just obey. Why is he doing this to me? How does he know it both scares me and turns me on? What a feeling. Like the saints who saw heaven open for them as they were being tortured.
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version was released without a MPAA rating. For the Sony Entertainment DVD release the film was optically fogged to obscure explicit artwork in a French comic book to secure it's R-rating. See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Planet
Performed by The Starseeds
Written by Regina Dannhof and John Alexander McGowan
Published by International Music Network Ltd and John Alexander McGowan
Courtesy of MILLENNIUM RECORDS
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A terrific coming-of-age movie
13 May 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

This terrific little coming-of-age movie came out in 2004 and, despite a modicum of success on the festival circuit, seems to have disappeared without trace. It's the story of a handsome young Muslim teenage, Chimo. (Moa Khouas, excellent), and his infatuation with the beautiful blonde Lila, (Vahina Giocante, a natural). You could say it's very much a wish-fulfillment movie since Lila is the girl of every boy's dreams and is, apparently, up for grabs. The setting is the Arab quarter of Marseilles so there is a political element to the film, too, though the randy and ultimately violent youths on display could come from any city anywhere.

The Lebanese director, Ziad Doueiri, had already worked in Hollywood for Tarantino before returning to Europe where he made "West Beirut". This, his second film, really should have catapulted him into the big-time yet it was eight years before he directed again. Even if his career never really develops "Lila Says" will have earned him his footnote in film history.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

26 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,599, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:

$121,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$537,871
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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