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Lila Says (2004)

Lila dit ça (original title)
Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures.

Director:

Ziad Doueiri

Writers:

Chimo (book), Ziad Doueiri | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Vahina Giocante ... Lila
Moa Khouas Moa Khouas ... Chimo (as Mohammed Khouas)
Karim Ben Haddou Karim Ben Haddou ... Mouloud
Lotfi Chakri Lotfi Chakri ... Bakary
Hamid Dkhissi Hamid Dkhissi ... Big Jo
Edmonde Franchi Edmonde Franchi ... Lila's Aunt
Carmen Lebbos Carmen Lebbos ... Chimo's Mother
Ghandi Assad Ghandi Assad ... Sammy
Dominique Bluzet Dominique Bluzet ... Priest
Stéphanie Fatout Stéphanie Fatout ... Claire Soulier
Barbara Chossis Barbara Chossis ... Chinese Prostitute
Bruno Esposito Bruno Esposito ... Police Inspector
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Storyline

In a poor Arab neighborhood, the nineteen years old Chimo lives alone with his mother and is a talented natural writer. His school teacher offers him the chance to study in Paris, inclusive with a letter of recommendation, but his mother can not afford and Chimo stays. His three best friends are completely losers and scoundrels. When the shy Chimo meets the gorgeous and sexy new-arrival in the ghetto Lila, who lives with a deranged aunt, his gross friend Mouloud falls for her. However, Chimo becomes close to Lila, who seduces him with her sexual games, telling him about her perverted sexual experience. The inexperienced Chimo falls in love for her, but he does not know how to declare his love for the girl. When Mouloud sneaks and listens to a private conversation between Lila and Chimo, he concludes that the girl is a whore, with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Chimo: Yet I'm as thirsty for it as a fish out of water.
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version was released without a MPAA rating. For the Sony Entertainment DVD release the film was optically fogged to obscure explicit artwork in a French comic book to secure it's R-rating. See more »

Soundtracks

Near the Black Forest
Performed by Vanessa Daou
Produced by Peter Daou
VANDAL PUBLISHING / UNIVERSAL MCA RECORDS
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Can't have any complaints
3 February 2005 | by YorkieTSee all my reviews

I just saw it, and I was really pleased. Very nice movie, disturbing at times, but in a very nice way. I believe the Ziad Doueiry really knows how to make good things out of his low budget: Very nice camera movement. Very good lighting, very nice image. And a very nice story. Also a lot of details that make the movie seem rather clever. Credit also goes to Vahina Giocante, whose performance is stunning. No matter how much she tries to disturb you, you will love her more and more as the movie goes on. If you're a big fan of beauty, be prepared, you're really gonna enjoy her. Back to Ziad Doueiry: he certainly proved that West Beirut wasn't a matter of luck. He's proving that he is a very good Lebanese director. And believe me, it's hard to be a good Lebanese director, due to the limited funds available, which can have a negative effect, "physically" (if you know what I mean) and morally.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

26 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,599, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:

$121,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$537,871
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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