Lilya 4-Ever (Lilja 4-ever)
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A teenager abandoned by her family slips into a downward spiral of sex and degradation in this frank drama from Sweden. Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) is a 16-year-old girl growing up in poverty in the former Soviet Union. Lilya's mother (Lyubov Agapova) is moving to the United States with her new boyfriend, and Lilya has been told she'll be coming with them. However, at the last minute Lilya is informed she'll be staying behind with her aunt Anna (Liliya Shinkaryova), and she'll be joining her mother later on. Anna immediately takes over the apartment Lilya shared with her mother,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Moodysson] dives into the soul of a 16-year-old Estonian girl and tears you apart."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It tells a heartbreaking story, one of those tales that need to be told and about which only pain can be felt."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Lilya 4-Ever gives us a glorious, heart-wrenching debut performance in the lead, as auspicious as any in the history of cinema.""
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"It is undeniable that Moodysson's work has a raw emotional power that transcends most of the film's flaws."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"The film cuts like a knife as a critique of a disordered planet, with ever more twisted notions of consumerism and flesh as commodity"
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Worth every uncomfortable minute."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It is Akinshina's presence and performance that make the pedestrian story heart-wrenching."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A harsh dramatic brew, Lilya 4-Ever is a monumental, abrasive document of a young life flushed down the drain; it's an exceptional, deafening humanitarian alarm that will continue to overwhelm and outrage for years to come."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"You'll see superb acting by two teens."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Why pay eight bucks to see this horrifying and sad film about the sort of girl you'd pass on the street without giving her a thought? Because, improbably, it says that life is worth living."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A wrenching feel-bad movie graced by a luminous central performance."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"... a fantastic movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"So seamless and relentlessly powerful that the social-realism of not just this film, but the genre itself, is pushed to its limit. Acting and action that rips so deeply, you'll feel you've got to do more than simply watch."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Absorbing without being particularly illuminating."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Maybe the movie sounds like a drab and worthy slog through misery, but it's alive, it feels true, and it got to me."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
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