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Lila Says 2005 R CC

(20) IMDb 7.1/10
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Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually-explicit overtures.

Starring:
Vahina Giocante, Moa Khouas
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Ziad Doueiri
Starring Vahina Giocante, Moa Khouas
Supporting actors Karim Ben Haddou, Lotfi Chakri, Hamid Dkhissi, Edmonde Franchi, Carmen Lebbos, Ghandi Assad, Dominique Bluzet, Stéphanie Fatout, Barbara Chossis, Bruno Esposito
Studio IDP
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A. Carpenter on January 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Sony has done it again. As with their edited-for-an-"R" release of Young Adam, Sony has altered this release of Lila Says. During a scene where the lead characters look through an erotic comic book, all of the panels of the comic have been digitally fogged. Once again an unrated theatrical release of a foreign film has been dummied down to an "R" by everyone's favorite substitute parent, Sony.

Who do they think they are protecting? What do they think will happen if adults see the full versions of these films? Why do they distribute these movies if they have a problem with the contents? Your guess is as good as mine.

Great movie, bad presentation.

Save your dough until Sony grows up and releases an un-edited version.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2006
Format: DVD
Lila Says . . . well, Lila says a lot of things. Suggestive things. Explicit things. Things guaranteed to send the mind of a teenaged boy spinning. The movie opens with her talking about how beautiful and well-nigh perfect she is, which got me to thinking this is a character I would certainly dislike. That first impression, however, turned out to be quite wrong. Even as Lila is saying all these highly erotic things about herself and the things she has done, there's an underlying element of innocence there I found quite appealing. She's basically a mystery girl who arrives in a predominantly Muslim section of Marseilles and quickly changes the life of one young Arab, Chimo (Mohammed Khouas), forever. Chimo is already at a crossroads in life as the story begins. His teacher thinks he has enough talent to attend a famous writing school in Paris, yet his family is poor and his gang of friends is basically no good. Which way will he go?

As we watch Chimo join his friends in a robbery, we can see he's heading down the wrong road. Lila (Vahina Giocante), though, offers him something different, and that leads to great confusion on his part. His friends do not approve when he begins hanging around with Lila - his best bud, Mahmoud (Karim Ben Haddou), is especially jealous because Lila won't even give him the time of day. His mother isn't a big fan of Lila's either, knowing the kind of reputation she has. Chimo himself doesn't understand Lila at all, which only increases his obsession with her. She seems to come and go as she pleases, turning up at odd times and places; she talks about nothing but sex - in great detail - yet he never even puts the moves on her. He's like a deer staring into a pair of onrushing headlights, a puppet on Lila's strings.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Utah Blaine on August 2, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a well done coming of age tale set in Marseille. Chimo, a French teenager of Magrebian descent, lives with his mother in a small apartment in a relatively poor neighborhood. He and his three companions (also of North African descent) do what most teenagers do; hang out, have fun, and don't really want to be bothered by anything that doesn't concern or interest them. Chimo has shown some writing ability in school, and has been invited to submit some samples to a university, but overall it is unclear where Chimo and his friends are going in life and if they will do anything productive. At one point they are involved in a petty burglary. Things take a dramatic turn when a blonde haired beauty (Lila) moves into the neighborhood with her aunt. Lila is obsessed with sex, and there is a mutual attraction between Lila and Chimo from the start. Unfortunately, the `leader' of Chimo's gang is also attracted to Lila, who couldn't possibly care any less about him. This story is partly a tale of a tragic love triangle, and partly a story of sexual awakening. Much of the dialogue between Chimo and Lila is sexual in nature (some very explicit and direct), but there is little nudity in this film. In the end though, this is a tale about the end of innocence, the often hard transformation to the realities of adulthood. Without giving too much of the story away, I thought that the message at the very end of the film was particularly well done. Things do not always turn out well in real life, but life goes on nonetheless.

This is definitely not one of the sickly-sweet, dumbed down romantic films put out by Hollywood for American audiences. One of the other reviewers stated that it was controversial when released in France.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan M. Lees on June 18, 2010
Format: DVD
For some reason, every movie that either shows some form of sexual activity or some amount of female flesh or has a character describing a sexual act is always marketed as "Erotic" in the USA. Queen Victoria would have sympathized, but really, let's grow up a little, shall we? Lila Dit Ca (Lila Says) is not by any stretch of the imagination an erotic movie but it is a poignant look at the awfully limited horizons that exist for a group of French arabs in a Marseilles ghetto. They have no education, no meaningful culture, no pursuits, no future, no imagination and no hope. The claustrophobia inherent in this existance is almost palpable, and is visually elaborated by shots of narrow streets and small rooms and cramped spaces wherever the characters roam.

Against this is set the expansive imagination of Lila, a teenage siren who is very aware of her charms and whose desire to escape the narrowness of her setting is expressed through modestly elaborate sexual fantasies which she tries out on Chimo, the only boy in the ghetto who possesses anything close to a functional mind. Unfortunately Chimo lacks Lila's self-awareness and consequently fails to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves; yet his passiveness is actually what makes him a safe confidante for the young girl and his gentleness is what ultimately wins her heart. Chimo, however, believes her to be infinitely more experienced than he is and so he is unable to see her true feelings.

So the core of this film is a ballet between the crushing mindlessness of the arab boys Chimo regards as his friends, and the expansive possibilities embodied by Lila. When these two worlds come crashing together, it's Lila who pays the price.
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