Lilya 4-Ever

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A tragic, hard-hitting story about a teenager trapped in a life of prostitution.

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Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt (Liliya Shinkaryova), who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha (Elina Benenson) and Volodya (Artiom Bogucharski), who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working as a prostitute, and later meets Andrei (Pavel Ponomaryov). He offers her a good job in Sweden, but when Lilya arrives her life quickly enters a downward spiral.

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Critic Reviews for Lilja 4-ever

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Audience Reviews for Lilja 4-ever

  • Jul 13, 2011
    The new millennium hits but Moodysson is aware these kind of topics have not ceased to exist. Lilya 4-Ever is a heartbreaking dedication to those young hearts whose innocence have been stolen through brutal means. Some may find it uncomfortable to watch as you literally have to stare to several men in a way some dudes would not want to see in a movie. But that's reality, and the intentions of Lukas are obvious: it takes you literally to Lilya's place regardless of the viewer's sex. Note: Keep in mind that Moodysson has always put a lot of effort and attention to express vividly youngsters' inner feelings and thoughts. That is exactly why you have to pardon the overtly dramatic departure of the mother: my theory is that such scene may have happened only in her head, and that reality was slightly different. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2010
    Was awesome. I can't believe Oksana Akinshine was only 14/15! Amazing performance. I rarely actually sympathize with, you know, anyone, so she must've been good. I also rarely praise female performances, or 'kids' performances. With the exception of Rammstein, I was pretty impressed with the music too (the Rammstein song didn't seem to fit).
    Lauren D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2010
    In short, one of the most thourughly upsetting movies I've ever seen. Every time you think it can't get any worse it does. Definently not for everyone but if you like films that are sad and gritty this is where it's at.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2010
    Devastating drama about a 16 year old Russian girl who turns to prostitution after her mother abandons her to go live in America. Things begin looking up for her as she makes friends with a young street boy, and finds a handsome new boyfriend, but her path into darkness has only just begun. A gutwrenching story, powerfully told through compelling performances.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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