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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 Aalbæk Jensen , Lars Jönsson , Peeter Urbla
Music : Nathan Larson
Photography : Ulf Brantås
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
Tõnu 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 Rosén Man in Sweden
Jacob Ryer Man in Sweden
Farhad Sina Man in Sweden
Johan Åkerblom 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.