Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fuelled by Lila’s sexually explicit overtures. Their game of sexual discovery leads to an unexpected look at tolerance, self-hatred, and machismo.
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A sweet,sad, little film about young love, and innocence and the fantasy life that the daily grind of poverty and hopelessness brings on. Life from underneath with all its cruelty and ignorance and escapism. A real feel for the back streets of Marseilles and those forced to survive there. good ensemble cast.
At times sweet and sexy, at other times dark and dangerous, Lila Says is an effective drama that looks at love, sex, and life in some of the poorer areas of France. The two young leads both do excellent work, and are helped by a solid supporting cast, even if the writing and direction seems quite unspectacular.
Discovered this little gem of a film today on MUBI, and the visionary talent of Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri. It's a story on how hard and emotionally challenging falling in love at a young age can be, touching upon so many themes in such a short time frame. Some of the early sequences - especially the one on the motorbike - are so powerful cinematically thanks to the editing done with images and music. 4/5!
Interesting coming of age tale with two engaging leads but ultimately not enough of a story for them to shine more brightly. Beautiful cinematography, nice direction. All in all a bit of a missed opportunity; I really had higher hopes for this.
Implausable story that heavily relies on the use of morbid and shocking elements to stay afloat on a sea of indifference. It is a wobbly film patched up with shaky attempts at staying relevant by exaggerating, sensationalizing, pumping high dosis of teen sex fantasies into a story swinging from everyday conventional realism to preposterous delusion, ultimately failing to convince.
Was a little slow, but worth viewing at least once. Interesting story. Unlike some other viewers on here, I didn't mind the lead actor that much--his friends on the other hand got on my nerves (However, one could argue it was their loosely developed characters and not really the actors).