Lilja 4-ever (2003)
as Aunt Anna
as Lilja's mother
as Natasha's Boyfriend
Critic Reviews for Lilja 4-ever
[Moodysson] dives into the soul of a 16-year-old Estonian girl and tears you apart.
A wrenching feel-bad movie graced by a luminous central performance.
It tells a heartbreaking story, one of those tales that need to be told and about which only pain can be felt.
It is Akinshina's presence and performance that make the pedestrian story heart-wrenching.
Audience Reviews for Lilja 4-ever
A tragic and devastating film that should make us aware of something horrific that happens to so many teenage girls in Eastern Europe, and if you decide to watch it without knowing anything about it, it may perhaps be an even more shocking and compelling experience.
Kicking off with some Rammstein, Lilya 4-Ever demands your attention before settling down. It doesn't rain, it pisses it down in Lilya 4-Ever. A dark and depressing drama set in Eastern Europe. Lilya is a young girl with dreams of escaping her impoverished lifestyle. She believes that she is moving to America with her mother and her new boyfriend. Instead she is abandoned and soon finds life to be dark and cruel. Everybody takes advantage of her, from her best friend to her own auntie. Lilya becomes life's punching bag. It soon makes her bitter and prefers hope over logic. She ignores the warnings of the only other decent character in the story. A young boy who tries to make her question the promises others make. Certainly not empowering, nor is it enjoyable. What Lilya 4-Ever does offer, is an unsentimental portrayal of betrayal. A beautiful look at some very ugly truths.
A masterpiece made by a talented swedish director. If this movie doesn't get some emotions from you, you probably have a heart of stone... An amateur cast provides nothing less than an all-star performance.
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