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Lilya 4-Ever

Lilya 4-Ever

Lilya 4-Ever

2002 / 109min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: LUKAS MOODYSSON

CAST: OKSANA AKINSHINA

Sixteen-year-old Lilya (Oksana Akinshina), abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself in an unnamed no-hope backwater of the former Soviet Union, is forced to make ends meet by selling the only property she has, her body, in Moodysson’s tender and tragic study of female vulnerability and perseverance. “Like Robert Bresson in his great film Mouchette, finds a core of goodness in one young woman that embarrasses and damns the predatory spirits who hover around and peck at her.”—The New Yorker