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Lilya 4-Ever

This somber, yet illuminating film from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson captures the harrowing plight of 16-year old Lilya, a heartfelt Oksana Akinshina.

Lilya 4-Ever, in Russian and Swedish with subtitles, sees the teen living in a drab tenement in the former Soviet Union in a meek lifestyle that has her abandoned by her mother and rejected by her aunt.

Moodysson works with a stark poignancy, Dogma-style, with no cinematic intrusions on sound and light as hand-held camera work unfolds a tragedy of servitude of sex that has long been overlooked in Europe.  Because of the depth of character that Akinshina intrepidly reveals with unflinching humanity, sudden surreal interludes join the darker raw reality in such an un-gratuitous manner that makes one angry, yet compassionate to Lilya, who thought a brighter life awaited her in Sweden.

 
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