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June 19, 2006

Lilya 4-ever - 7

This is Swedish writer/director Lukas Moodysson third film (Jason: this is not part of the Dogme 95 project). Some have called Moodysson the next Ingmar Bergman (that's a bit much in my mind, but this film is really good, getting at similar spiritual themes along the lines of Bergman- Winter Light, The Silence, Through A Glass Darkly, Saraband and The Seventh Seal). This film deals with life as tragedy. A 16-year-old girl who lives in Russia is left by her mother and step-father to fend for herself. This means sniffing glue, prostituting herself, and wanting to escape. She eventually does, only to find a life in Sweden worse. There is good dialogue about the meaning of life, death, and what heaven might be like. A heart-wrenching film.
Hat tip to Jeff and Paul who recommended this film.

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