Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, Pavel Ponomaryov, Lyubov Agapova,
Lilja 4-ever is a movie starring Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, and Pavel Ponomaryov. Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Russia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls...
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10 / 10

stunning, simply stunning

This movie is in no way perfect. The storyline is not always logical. A couple of scenes are overdone or awkward or simply amateurish. But in the end, that means nothing. This movie is all about making us feel for the characters. And in that respect it's brilliant. The director, Lukas Moodysson, has an uncanny knack for bringing true emotions to the screen. This is without doubt one of the most harrowing and devastating movies I've ever seen. I saw it two days ago, and I still can't get it off of my mind. I cried in the theater, something I haven't done since... well... probably ever. I consider myself a rather cynical moviegoer. Mostly the characters in movies don't move me very much. I just enjoy the ride and try my best to suspend disbelief. But in this movie it's simply impossible to not feel for the main characters (Lilja and Volodja). Oksana Akinshina simply I S Lilja. Her journey in a downward spiral from bad to worse into hell simply breaks your heart. Because it doesn't help telling yourself it's just a movie. Because we all know it isn't. This kind of thing is happening all around us all the time. And we, the decent ordinary citizens, simply don't care to see it or do anything about it. The movie is a must-see. Even though you'll probably be depressed for days, and well might lose some of your faith in the goodness of man. It's a 10. And if Lukas Moodysson keeps this up he might well end up a bigger name than Ingmar Bergman. No joke. Now excuse me, I must go cry some more for poor Lilja...

9 / 10

The best movie of it's kind !!

I must say that I was absolutely breathless after watching this movie, and that rarely happens to me. I watch a lot of movies and I really like movies that deal with the tougher issues and does not candy coat reality. That said, this is a movie about prostitution traffic in Russia, centering on the beautiful Lilya. I must warn that this movie hits hard, not with graphic scenes but with stunning performances and film-making. Oksana Akinshina amazed me in this movie, I had seen her in a very small role before in The Bourne Supremacy at the end of the movie, but she deserves to be noticed, as an amazing young actor. The story is heartbreaking and the kind of movie that will make you want to actually do something to help a truly pathetic situation in the world today. Very powerful in every aspect, and highly recommended.

10 / 10

Nice treat of a narcissistic bath in shock and grief - OR - making a real impact to act against child abuse?

I have read, or browsed through, the 155 comments made to date (May 7, 2006). So, clearly, the impact of a movie (not only of Lilja 4-ever) does largely depend on the viewer, not only on the movie! All a movie can do is to get you emotionally involved and to sustain this involvement long enough to transform it into an action of the viewer.

And Lilja 4-ever does that better than any other movie that I have seen.

I do appreciate the comment of MooreaMaguire (comment 123) who listed the website of ECPAT ( This offers a responsible next step.

Stop the academic debate on technical cinematographic details and start doing something about child trafficking.

I go and become a supporting member of ECPAT Germany. I will not debate with anybody if I could do better, do more, or do anything different.

And what is YOUR next step after having seen Lilja 4-ever?

7 / 10

Heartbreak, despair, anger and tears.

This is a terrible movie. It's terrible because it should not be necessary for movies like this to be made. But in the real world these situations do happen and far too easily. Lukas Moodysson has made a magnificent and at the same time utterly heartbreaking movie. Oksana Akinshina and Artyom Bogucharsky both deserve awards for their roles in this film. Both give performances that put to shame about 99% of any mainstream actor you care to mention. I have to admit that I was reduced to tears by both of them. And then I felt angry followed by a sense of despair at their fate. Oksana Akinshina should have a great career ahead of her if she gets offered the right roles. So far, all she has had is a part in The Bourne Supremacy. Maybe Hollywood is a little reluctant to upset their star system by using a Russian who can actually act as well as being attractive. Lilya 4 ever is not easy to watch but once you are watching, it's impossible to look away. Trafficking in children and child prostitution is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by all governments, but sadly, very few are interested in doing anything about it. Maybe if this movie got the publicity it deserves, something might happen. But don't hold your breath. Just watch this movie and cry for these victims of their circumstances and an evil trade.

With the votes cast for Lilya 4 Ever it should be in the top 250, why is it being kept out?

10 / 10

It rips your insides out

The movie is great because it has very little to do with human traffic, and a lot to do with - who are we - the so called human beings, and what is the relation between children and adults?

We sell 16-year-olds to old man for sex? We sell people who have nothing and make them sex toys, dolls, objects? As you will watch this movie and the dark fate that awaits Lilja... I guess you will be very depressed after-wards. You probably won't be able to sleep very well, as I couldn't.

Lilja (and Volodja also!) really penetrates in your subconsciousness as she's extremely good portrait-ed as an innocent child with it's full morality. The problem is that this child-morality is broken and sold by morally-depraved adults. And there's no one in this movie who really tries to save her from being broken and abused, as if we all were a part of this perverse system. As she cannot defend herself, as she cannot call for help, as she cannot run to anyone... the only exit is to become an angel...

A Swedish-Russian movie... which deserved 10 Oscars. But Americans don't like the truth as it is, and i guess I have to enter this movie in my top 10 of all time.