Lilya 4-Ever

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Released 2003

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Lilya 4-Ever

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Director:
Lukas Moodysson
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
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.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The most remarkable achievement of the film is its presentation of Lilya's story as both an archetypal case study and a personal drama whose spunky central character you come to ca...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    I can't think of another good movie this year that's as tough to watch as Moodysson's, but, then, I can't think of very many movies that are as good.

  • 90

    Variety

    Hard-hitting, dark and tragic story that rarely lets up.

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