The new film by Sweden’s Lukas Moodysson is a haunting and incandescent work of art. Part of its power is the way that Lilya (Oksana Akinshina), a 16-year-old Russian girl who lives in a sprawling, rotten-walled housing complex somewhere in the former Soviet Union, is quietly and harrowingly alive to us as a human being well before she begins her descent into the sex industry. Moodysson works with a handheld camera and natural light and sound. In spirit, he’s close to a modern-day Jean Renoir, infusing scenes with a compassion so fierce it seems to light his characters from within.
Starring: Oksana Akinshina; Starring: Elina Benenson, Artyom Bogucharsky; Director: Lukas Moodysson; Author: Lukas Moodysson; Release Date Limited: 04/18/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Newmarket Capital Group
Posted April 25 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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