A realistic coming of age story set in one of the poor and ethnic neighbourhoods of France. The director told subtly the romantic and sensual love between Lila and Chimo surrounded by a violent environment. It feels hopeful to see characters like Chimo who could remain loving, tender and naive in such an environment.
I admire it as a film that portrays a sexually liberated young woman, and the oppressive position a patriarchal society acquires against her. However, the acting and the scripting is very poor, and the use of music is excessive and terribly unnecessary. All in all, it feels like a good idea with sadly bad execution.
C'est franchement beau, presque sublime à traits. La figure de Lila c'est intimament angelique, et seul une âme innocente, celle de Chimo, peut s'approcher à elle. En sa pureté, elle nous montre la délice de l'immagination, de la fantaisie et surtout des fantasmes (étymologiquement) érotiques: les mots faisant l'amour.
It's an outburst of confusion about sexuality we all experience in our youth. It's about entangled mess of our emotions when we face the deepest and most violent forces a human being can experience. This film is a delicious blend of symbolism and gritty reality that grips you and doesn't let go until the end. A bold cinematography doesn't always work for me but it gives this film a peculiar look I won't forget.
There are some really good things here, not least a wonderful energy in the first half, a good soundtrack and lovely performances from Khouas and Giocante. However, I felt the film became hampered by its own source material. The final act is not only predictable but I question some of Doueiri's choices regarding the management of Lila's perspective (basically the lack of it) in the closing scenes.
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!
The rating does not reflect my enjoyment. I did not enjoy this film, because of how it interacts with me. Because of its choice of being trashy, because of the obviousness of the situation meant to make you feel more clever than those involved. On the other hand it is well made technically, achieves what it aims. The script is somewhat predictible.
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.