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R| 1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
Chimo (Mohammed Khouas), age 19, lives with his mother. Rather than taking advantage of a Paris writing school scholarship, the unemployed aspiring writer kills time with his friend Mouloud (Karim Ben Haddou) on the streets of Marseilles. Chimo develops a crush on Lila (Vahina Giocante), a sexually experienced 16-year-old who moves into the neighborhood. They begin spending time together, alarming both Lila's possessive aunt (Edmonde Franchi) and Mouloud, who's jealous of his friend.

Cast: Vahina Giocante , Mohammed Khouas , Karim Ben Haddou , Lotfi Chakri , Hamid Dkhissi , Edmonde Franchi , Carmen Lebbos , Stéphanie Fatout

Director: Ziad Doueiri

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IDP Distribution

Lila Says (2004)

Release Date: September 11th, 2004|1 hr. 30 min.

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  • 75
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    Doueiri sprinkles Lila Says with moments of humor and violence -- a mix that keeps the film fresh and unpredictable. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Had director Ziad Doueiri focused on the resentful Arab youths who clatter provocatively around the edges of his Marseilles-set drama, he might have discovered something interesting. show more

  • 50
    Richard James Havis The Hollywood Reporter

    Results in a film that's more exploitative than sympathetic. Compared to the works of fellow Francophone directors Catherine Briellat and Clare Denis, Doueiri's depiction of female sexuality in Lila Says is both wooden and pat. show more

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