“This life is the only one you’ve got.”

Arte will be airing the ingenious Lukas Moodysson’s movie Lilja 4-Ever tonight at 22.40 in Swedish/English (with subtitles in French).
It is a mere understatement to declare this shattering masterpiece of film history as the best movie I have ever seen.
This masterwork, beyond any comparison, abruptly begins with the suicide of the main character, sixteen year old Lilja, the whole scene being underlined by Rammstein’s hard hitting Mein Herz brennt, before the screen fades to black, you hear some slower music and the credits appear as it would in any other film. Then, for almost two hours, you are pulled into blank despair as you are shown how Lilja slowly loses her only friend and all her hope: she has to prostitute herself to get some money, until she is taken to Sweden, the promised land, and is raped and maltreated again and again and again.
Besides Thirteen, which is a nice popcorn movie compared to this one, I have never been to a film where there was a breathless silence afterwards. So beware, you will most certainly have to swallow hard more than once during and after the film.
An absolute must-see!

4 thoughts on ““This life is the only one you’ve got.””

  1. Thirteen ass och ?©ischter r?´m e Gem?´sch aus gudd verkeeflechen Vieruerdeeler (och wann ech domat net behaapten dat et sou F?§ll w?©i an deem Film n?´tt ginn).
    Lilja kann ech wuel leider n?´tt kucken ..

  2. Thirteen ass zwar trotz allem ee verdammt gudde Film, wat och net zulescht un de schauspillerische Leeschtungen l?§it. An zumols d?©i Szen vum Kollaps um Enn rappt mech emmer nees mat. An et gin eng ganz Rei Saachen d?©i enorm gudd duergestallt gin, w?©i z.B. wann d’Mamm herno dem Meedchen den Pullover iwwert seng Narben zidd. Ech wollt och eigentlech n?§ischt g?©int dee Film soen, et war ?©ischter als Anschauung geduecht fir ze weisen w?©i krass de Lilja 4-ever ass, well Thirteen trotz allem och net liicht ze verdauen ass. ;)

    Du hues leider ee genialt Meeschterwierk verpasst…

  3. D?©i Reportage hun ech leider verpasst, kucken Envoy?© Sp?©cial net regelm?©isseg… Mir ass et zwar no Lilja 4-ever bis elo och ni wierklech gudd gaangen.
    Mee egal w?©i, et ass dach einfach krank dass et sou Saachen gin. An d?©i meescht Leit ignor?©iren dat einfach…

  4. Lilja 4-ever ass definitiv nach eng Nummer mei hart wei Thirteen… Mee allen zwee hun schon krass emotiounen bei mir provozeiert… Zwar net esou krass wei eng Reportage vum “Envoy?© Sp?©cial” dei ech dess lescht gesin hun, well no der war et mir wuertwirtlech einfach nemmen schlecht…

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