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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Ioncinema | Official site [France]

Country:

France | UK

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

26 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lila dice See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Chimo: I decided to leave. Lila was the only reason to stay or to leave. Lila was the only reason.
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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

El Kalam Da Kebir
Performed by Hakim
Written by Abdel Menaim Taha
Composed by Ahmed Shahine
(C) 2002 ARK 21 RECORDS
Courtesy of UNIVERSAL MUSIC SPECIAL PROJECTS FRANCE
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A stunning young woman named Lila seduces a shy Arab who is a talented writer.
10 September 2005 | by frecklejuicySee all my reviews

"Precious" Lila? I'm sorry, but precious is the last thing I would call Lila. She seems to me to be quite the slut. Despite this, I did like the film in that it was in French (which is my major, so I'm biased) and the acting throughout was superb. "Lila Dit Ca" is a beautifully shot film, but not for young viewers, since much of the dialogue is explicit. You will blush, some of Lila's actions are a bit extreme. I liked the ending--it was both uplifting and realistic. This was certainly unlike any other film I've seen, so I feel like I'm broadening my horizons. This is not a waste of an hour and a half, I would recommend it.


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