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Lilja 4-ever (2002)

Original Title : Lilja 4-ever
Director : Lukas Moodysson
Writer : Lukas Moodysson
Genre : Drama
Country : Sweden
Language : Russian
Producer : Gunnar Carlsson , Tomas Eskilsson , Malte Forsell , Peter Aalb√¶k Jensen , Lars J√∂nsson , Peeter Urbla
Music : Nathan Larson
Photography : Ulf Brant√•s
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sexual content, a rape scene, drug use and language.
IMDB ID : 0300140
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poster for "Lilja 4-ever" by Lukas Moodysson (2002)
Lilja 4-ever (2002) - Lukas Moodysson
 

Starring

¬Oksana Akinshina Lilja
¬Artyom Bogucharsky Volodya
¬Lyubov Agapova Lilja's Mother
¬Liliya Shinkaryova Aunt Anna
¬Elina Benenson Natasha
¬Pavel Ponomaryov Andrei
¬Tomasz Neuman Witek (as Tomas Neumann
¬Anastasiya Bedredinova Neighbor
¬T√Ķnu Kark Sergei
¬Nikolai Bentsler Natasha's Boyfriend
¬Aleksander Dorosjkevitch Friend
¬Yevgeni Gurov Friend
¬Aleksandr Sokolenko Friend
¬Margo Kostelina Cashier
¬Veronika Kovtun Cashier
¬Jelena Jakovlena Teacher
¬Tamara Solodnikova Social Worker
¬Nikolai Kutt Man on the bridge
¬Oleg Rogatchov Natasha's dad
¬Aleksander Okunev Volodya's dad
¬Herardo Kontreras Anna's neighbour
¬Madis Kalmet Man in hotel room
¬Bo Christer Hjelte Lonely man
¬Sten Erici BMW-man
¬Hermie Acereda Man in Sweden
¬Gert Bondesson Man in Sweden
¬Anders Brinning Man in Sweden
¬Johan Edlund Man in Sweden
¬Henryk Gwiazada Man in Sweden
¬Rickard Mattila Man in Sweden
¬Michael Merikan Man in Sweden
¬Jeff Norman Man in Sweden
¬Truls Ros√©n Man in Sweden
¬Jacob Ryer Man in Sweden
¬Farhad Sina Man in Sweden
¬Johan √Ökerblom Man in Sweden
¬Jaanika Go Go-dancer
¬Olga Go Go-dancer
¬Otto Andersson 
 

Plot

Lilja is 16 years old. Her only friend is the young boy Volodja. They live in a poor village in the Russia, fantisizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej. He is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
 

Comments

Puts A Face on the Headlines Harrowing account of descent into hell of 16 year-old girl abandoned by mother in post-USSR backwaters. Extremely well-acted by lead (Oksana Akinshina), but plot is linear, points only in one direction, down. Intrusive magic realism in the form of angels could have been dispensed with, detracts with schmaltz from the otherwise uncompromising, cohesive social realism.