Lilya 4-Ever

Lilya 4-Ever

Lukas Moodysson (2002)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Having impressed in Sergei Bodrov Jr's directorial debut, Sisters, teenager Oksana Akinishina excels in this sobering study of life on the bottom rung. As the eponymous Lilya, she gives a believable performance of naive vulnerability, whether being cheeky to the Russian mother who abandons her to emigrate to the United States, exchanging insults with the classmates who think she's turned to prostitution, swooning over the stranger who promises her the Moon or enduring the exploitation of the grotesques who populate her nightmare existence in Malmo. But it's in the company of the 14-year-old Volodya (Artiom Bogucharskij), a substance-abusing runaway from Lilya's tenement estate, that the film finds the flicker of human warmth that makes its uncompromising realism all the more tragic.


A teenage girl living in poverty in the ruins of the Soviet Union has her hopes raised by her mother's promise to take her to America. When the plans fall through, she turns to prostitution to escape her miserable life, leading her into becoming a victim of the international sex trade. Drama, starring Oksana Akinshina, Artiom Bogucharski and Elina Benenson. In Russian, Swedish and English.

Cast & Crew

Lilya Oksana Akinishina
Volodya Artiom Bogucharskij
Natasha Elina Benenson
Aunt Anna Lilia Sinkarjova
Andrei Pavel Ponomarjov
Witek Tomas Neumann
Lilya's mother Ljubov Agapova
Sergei Tonu Kark
Director Lukas Moodysson
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Other Information

Language: Russian, English, Swedish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 25 Apr 2003