Lila Says
Lila Says (2005)

A self-styled bad girl leads a teenage boy down a frustrating path in this drama from France. Chimo Jarjoura (Mohammed Khouas) is a 19-year-old student living in Marseilles. Chimo likes to write and has genuine talent, but he hasn't… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 29, 2005
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68%
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78%



Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lila Says is a vibrantly told coming-of-age story, helped by the sultry charisma of Giocante.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

As sweet as it is dirty.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

In the end, Lila Says is far less interesting than its premise, primarily because we never know what anyone is really thinking.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Induces a rare kind of cinematic immersion and nervous intimacy, thanks to its deft treatment of sexual confusion and awakening.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Though beautifully photographed, there's something creepy at the heart of Lila Says.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

An underdeveloped exercise in carnal awakening that thinks its characters are far more special than they ever prove to be.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

It's sort of Romeo & Juliet, but with the same kind of urgency the story of star-crossed lovers must have had for the Bard's first audience...

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Mostly succeeds in conveying the real- life risks that disgruntled teens will take to prove they're more powerful, more sexy and more in control than they really are.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[An] unabashedly erotic cross-cultural love story.

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director/co-writer Ziad Doueiri captures the tenderness of young love and the volatility of Lila's sexual openness -- a bottle of nitro that even Doueiri can't handle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
For the most part a fantastic tale of interracial romance during a time of suspicion and conflict. The Arabs are seen as terrorists or luxurious accessories for… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Lila Says", Chimo(Mohammed Khouas) is a 19-year old living a dead end life with his mother(Carmen Lebbos) while his hanging… More
Leo L
An interesting movie! A story of coming of age and discovering love for the first time. Chimo is young and indecisive about choices in life, but everything… More