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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

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Ioncinema | Official site [France]

Country:

France | UK

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

26 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lila dice See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,599, 26 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,166, 25 September 2005
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Lila: I'm like a Ferrari in a junkyard.
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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

Near the Black Forest
Performed by Vanessa Daou
Produced by Peter Daou
VANDAL PUBLISHING / UNIVERSAL MCA RECORDS
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I loved this movie!!!!
17 November 2005 | by mrofarSee all my reviews

I had previously seen "West Beirut" (also directed and written by Ziad Doueiri) and I really liked it. It had a special meaning to me because I live in Lebanon (where the events of the movie take place) and I can really relate to the the story and the characters. I had never gotten around to watching "Lila Dit Ca" (But I had been wanting to for a long time) Anyways, today I watched it and I have to say: It is a GREAT movie!!!! The acting, the story, the directing... all superb!!! I really think that Vahina Giocante was perfect for this role. She did an excellent job of portraying the character. I am friends with Rami Doueiri (Ziad Doueiri's brother and one of the main character from West Beirut) and I honestly can't wait to get in touch with him and tell him just how much I loved this movie!!! I think Ziad Doueiri really deserves a big pat on the back for the great movies he is making!

I give this movie the 'Two thumbs up' !!!


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