Lilja 4-ever is a 2002 Russian-language Swedish-Danish drama film directed by Lukas Moodysson, which was released in Sweden on 23 August 2002. It depicts the downward spiral of Lilja Michailova, played by Oksana Akinshina, a girl in the former Soviet Union whose mother abandons her to move to the United States. The story is loosely based on the true case of Danguolė Rasalaitė, and examines the issue of human trafficking and sexual slavery.
The film begins with a figure running towards a motorway bridge. When the figure turns around, the film introduces the audience to Lilya Michailova, an adolescent girl who has recently been badly beaten. The film then reveals her past.
|editor||Bernhard Winkler Michal Leszczylowski Oleg Morgunov|
|events||abandonment exploitation human trafficking income inequality post-communism prostitution suicide|
|keywords||abuse angel apartment building back in time begin best friend build disillusion escape attempt force kill physical abuse physically abused pimp run sexual act single father soviet union sweden united states young man|
|nomination||European Film Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Film|
|productionCompany||Det Danske Filminstitut Film i Väst Memfis Film Svenska Filminstitutet Sveriges Television Zentropa Entertainments|
|theme||human trafficking independent rape time|