Lilja 4-Ever

Oksana Akinshina gives an utterly astonishing performance in a heart-breaking role.

April 6th, 2011 by Wayward Muse
Rating: Genres: Featured Actors: Actors: Aleksander Dorosjkevitch, Anastasiya Bedredinova, Artyom Bogucharsky, Elina Benenson, Jevgeni Gurov, Liliya Shinkaryova, Lyubov Agapova, Nikolai Bentsler, Pavel Ponomaryov, Tomas Neumann, Tonu Kark Directors: Lukas Moodysson Languages:
Lilya 4-Ever

I was really surprised by this movie. I thought it was perfect. There is hardly an ounce of sexploitation in this film. I happen to enjoy sexploitation movies, but I am quite uncomfortable with movies that blur the line between supposedly trying to inform and create empathy while simultaneously titillating a prurient interest. Maybe I really shouldn’t let that secret out of the bag, as even those who view it for the wrong reasons may be deeply moved by the humanity, tragedy, and utter believability of these characters.
This is an instance of where “fiction” does an even better job than most documentaries of communicating “truth.” This is a movie where everything is shabby, including the shabby, pedestrian, completely unglamorous and unsexy world of human trafficking that Lilya is tricked into. Oksana Akinshina is terrific, as is the rest of the cast, portraying people trapped in shabby lives of “quiet desperation.”

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