- Original title
- Running time
- 109 min.
Co-production Sweden-Denmark; Memfis Film AB
Drama | Prostitution. Teen/coming-of-age. Drugs. Social Drama. Sexual Abuse
- Synopsis / Plot
- Sixteen-year-old Lilya lives in a poor and dreary suburb somewhere in the former Soviet Union. Her mother has moved to the States with a new man and Lilya is waiting to be sent for. When no letters or money arrive from her mother, it becomes obvious that Lilya has been abandoned. She is forced to move into a tiny, run-down flat with no electricity or heating. Heartbroken and with no money, Lilya's situation becomes desperate. Her only friend is eleven-year-old Volodya, who is sometimes allowed to sleep on her sofa. They hang out together, dreaming of a better life. Hope arrives when Lilya falls in love with Andrei. He asks her to follow him to Sweden to start a new life. Little Volodya is jealous and suspicious, but Lilya packs her things. Suddenly, she's sitting on a plane bound for Sweden, not knowing what will happen next...
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominada a Best Foreign Film
: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Film, Direction, Actress, Screenplay, Cinematography
2002: Gijon Film Festival: Best Film & Best Actress (Oksana Akinshina)
: European Film Awards: 2 Nominations including Best Film
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