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Lilya 4-Ever

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Swedish coming of age drama originally released in 2002. Winner of the Gijon International, Stockholm Film Festival, & Guldbagge Awards. NTSC/Region 3. Widescreen. Panorama. 2004. Please note you will need an All Code DVD player to view.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tnu Kark, Anastasia Bedredinova, Oksana Akinshina, Artiom Bogucharski, Elina Benenson
  • Directors: Lukas Moodysson
  • Format: Color, Import, PAL
  • Language: English, German, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Panorama
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2W52E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By David Bonesteel on September 2, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a powerful film about the international sexual exploitation of children told from a very personal level. Abandoned when her mother leaves for an opportunity at a better life in the US, 16-year-old Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) is left on her own with only the grudging, intermittent assistance of an aunt (Liliya Shinkaryova) and a 10-year-old boy (Artyom Bogucharsky) for a friend. As her prospects diminish, she gets into prostitution and soon becomes easy pickings for predatory entrepreneurs who ship her overseas with the promise of a good job when all she really gets is a string of johns and imprisonment in a hotel room.

Naturalistic performances by the actors and a mostly unsentimental approach to the subject matter allows the pathos of the situation to reveal itself subtly, which makes it that much more heart-breaking. I think I understand what director and writer Lucas Moodyson was trying to accomplish with some of the fantasy sequences, but I felt that a strictly realistic approach would have been more effective.
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This movie changed my life. I can't emphasize enough how much I think everyone should see it, especially those interested in social justice issues. This movie heartbrakingly portrays sex traffiking in unflinching detail where we see a young girl and her friend living in utter poverty and the things that happen as aresult. The pacing begins slowly but stay with it. At the middle point, I couldn't pull myself away. The movie brought me to tears and truly affected me.

I do have one question though - some review sites show this movie to be region 2 while amazon says region free. Does anyone know if this particular dvd will play on my region 1 player?
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A movie you may find uncomfortable to watch, but I think you will be so glad you did. A glimpse of a seemingly hopeless side of life, Lilya 4-Ever showed me hope, even when nothing is going to work out like we wish. Not everyone will see it, but it is there in this story, and I hope you will find it. The main character is a beautiful young girl--just like many who share this experience--and you may be tempted to think she should make the best of her situation, but always remember, her freedom can only happen as it did and does for most girls like her. A most unique film!
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I had to say smth here. Not about the movie itself because it's a whole different and long to discuss issue. I just want to emphasize the fact that people do speak about it. Things shown in there are tragic in a way that might be hard to believe but it is what it is. It is good to know that there are those watching it and commenting on this movie, especially since it is so different from what we see on screens now...
Respect, guys, you got me write my first review :)
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The lead actress in this film gives a stunning performance. It is filmed much like a documentary with hand-held cameras, etc., and seems so realistic. Apparently, the girl was just fifteen when it was filmed. Amazing. Finally, this has to be about the saddest movie I have ever seen. Your heart just aches for the two main characters. Both are abandoned, Lilya by her mother, and then the boy by Lilya when she leaves for Sweden. Pretty hard to take, but very compelling. A masterpiece.

The lead actress is just brilliant. There is no other word to describe her performance. With incredible dimples that magically appear whenever she smiles, two scenes stick out for me. After her first night as a prostitute she goes to her local store which looks like a what Americans would call a convenience store. The dimples appear when she goes up to the clerk with whom she has a history of begging for cigarettes and previously having to put back items when she didn't have enough money to pay for them. This time, flush with her hard-earned cash, the look on her face is priceless when she brings a large collection of items to the counter and whips out a roll of cash to pay for it, reveling in her triumph over the astonished clerk. Another unforgettable scene among many in the film is when she is summoned to "Social Services" and hears from the social worker via a letter sent by her mother that her mother wishes to renounce her "guardianship" over her.This incredibly sad scene is handled brilliantly by the young actress and you want to cry with her although while she looks crushed by the news, she handles it with a stiff upper lip, goes home and burns the only picture of her mother that she has, ending her dream of emigrating to America.
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This was a rare find in the states, with it being made only as a "region 2" dvd, I was able to enjoy it on my "region free"(plays all dvd regions) dvd player. Product was just as advertised, and was recieved in a timely mannor. Thank you.
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